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Matt Llano to run 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon
FLAGSTAFF (AZ), — September 2, 2015 – HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite announced today that 2014 RRCA Roads Scholar Matt Llano will compete at the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon on September 27.
Berlin will be Llano’s third career marathon. After finishing second at the USATF Marathon Championships in Los Angeles in March, Llano will look to lower his personal best going into the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
“I’ll be running the Berlin Marathon at the perfect time, both in my career as a marathoner as well as in my development toward the Olympic Team Trials in LA next February,” Llano said. “I’ve learned a lot in my previous two marathons, and feel that there is a huge upside to getting a little more experience with an international marathon to prepare me better for the Trials.”
The Berlin Marathon is one of six events in the World Marathon Majors series and stands out as arguably having the fastest course of them all. Seven out of the last ten times that the Men’s World Record has been broken it has been broken on the streets of Berlin. Distance running superstars Wilson Kipsang, Paul Tergat and the great Haile Gebrselassie have all broken the record there. Last year it was up-and-coming Kenyan star, Dennis Kimetto, who became the first man in history to run 26.2 miles under 2:03:00 when he set the current record of 2:02:57 in Berlin.
Llano said he is prepared to take advantage of the fast layout in Berlin.
“I’m not one to shy away from talking about my goals – I want to see 2:09 when I cross the finish line on September 27,” Llano said. “It’s a tall order, but then again, so is making the Olympic Team in 2016.”
HOKA NAZ Elite coach Ben Rosario said he believes Llano is ready.
“This is Matt’s third marathon build-up and it’s been his best by far,” Rosario said. “I am as confident as I’ve ever been about a single race that Matt will run very well in Berlin.”