Photographer's Note

Speed & Determination

Today the 25th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon was held under unfavourable weather conditions – rain and cold. Displayed here is the winner for the ladies, Lornah Kiplakat with one of her two front runners, near the half-marathon spot (21 km) on the Laan Op Zuid, near to our house. The fornt runner is Isaiah Kosgei Kipkemei, also from Kenia. He finished 35th (men).
In Rotterdam and other important marathons, the favourite athletes are supplied by the organization with front runners - ‘hazen’ in Dutch (hares) who are instrumental in keeping the speed nice and steady and cut through the wind for the athletes following them. The hares mostly quit the race at the 30 km sign, but some keep on running and sometimes even win.

Lornah Kiplakat is one of the fastest female long distance runners in the world. She is the current holder of the world records for the 10 Mile distance (50:54 in the Dam tot Dam, Holland 2002)and the 20 kilometer, (1:03:54 ) and amongst other marathon victories she won the Los Angeles marathon two times.
She was born in Kabiemit, Kenya in 1974. This village is located at about 2800 meters above sea level. Kabiemit is close to the better known town of Eldoret in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. She has the Dutch nationality now.

Rinie’s pic of the carrier of the red lantern of this marathon is here.
He arrived three hours after the two athletes displayed.

PCS tech: heavily cropped; contrast and levels adjusted; ran Noiseware; USM-ed; frame added and saved for the web.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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