Some of the world’s fastest runners will compete for a $1.4 million prize in a unique trans-global marathon called ‘The Greatest Race on Earth’.
The team relay comprises four challenging marathons in four exotic cities. A different competitor from each team will run in Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong. The team with the fastest cumulative time will be crowned champions.
There will also be an individual competition for runners strong enough to race 168 kilometres, from the start of the first race in October 2005 to the final leg in February 2006.
World marathon record holder Paul Tergat said the Greatest Race on Earth heralds a new dawn for running.
He said: “The Greatest Race on Earth is an exciting new concept, which brings a breath of fresh air into the world of marathon running. I love the fact that teamwork will be crucial to winning the competition. In marathon running, we are used to winning or losing on our own. As part of the Greatest Race on Earth, you have to rely on three other guys to complete their marathons in good time. For the guys entering the individual category, they will need real endurance to complete four elite marathons in four months.”
More than 80 teams and 30 individuals are expected to compete, which is double the number of last year’s inaugural event. And competition will be fierce to better last year’s team record of 09.11.31 and winner Martin Longuran’s exceptional 09.20.11.