Eliud Kiptanui, winner of last year’s Ottawa marathon, will race at the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on Sunday, along with fellow Kenyan Paul Lonyangata (last year’s Paris winner, whose wife Purity Rionoripo, by a delightful stroke of fate, won the women’s race, though she is not returning this year).

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They’ll be joined by three other runners who have posted times as fast as 2:06 or better (Yemane Tsegaye and Markos Geneti of Ethiopia and Mark Kiptoo of Kenya), plus 55,000 lesser mortals. Temperatures could get as high as 20 C, though hopefully not until well after the race is finished. 

Photo: Paris Marathon

Among the women, watch for Scotiabank Toronto 2017 winner Marta Megra of Ethiopia and her countrywoman Gulume Chala, who won Paris in 2016.

Remember to set the PVR on Saturday, since the gun goes off on Sunday at 8:06 a.m. local time, which is 2:06 a.m. EDT or 11:06 p.m. (Saturday) PDT. The para-sports race goes first, followed by the elite women at 8:09, and elite men and first starting zones taking off at 8:25. 

Sunday’s expected high is 20 degrees, with a chance of a shower, definitely a little on the warm side for Canadians who trained through the winter. 

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