New Zealand national 10,000m record-holder and 2014 Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze medallist Zane Robertson has announced he will debut the marathon at this year’s Gold Coast Marathon in Queensland, Australia on July 7.

Robertson will challenge 2013 winner, 2018 Boston Marathon winner and 2019 BMO Vancouver Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi and three-time Gold Coast Marathon winner Kenneth Mungara, who have faced off against each other multiple times at this race.

Now 29, Robertson and his twin brother Jake have lived and trained at altitude in Kenya’s Rift Valley since they were 17, passing up scholarships to US universities and dedicating their lives to training among the best athletes in the world. Zane had hoped to race his first marathon at last year’s Commonwealth Games, but was injured.

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Jake made his debut at last year’s Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, running 2:08:26 (a New Zealand national record), and followed that up with a disappointing (but still very respectable) 2:09:52 for fifth place at the very chilly Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October (after which he spent a few hours in hospital).

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