Abera has a strong background in track and field. In his career on the track he run impressive PB’s including 13:00 for 5.000m and 26:52 for 10.000m, he also managed to finish 5th twice at the World Championships for senior and won the African Junior Championships 5.000m back in 2009. He is married to Tejitu Daba who is also competing in Mumbai Marathon.
|2018||Lake Biwa Marathon||5th||2:09:31|
|2013||World Championships 10.000m||5th||27:25,27|
|2012||Great Birmingham Run||2nd||60:19|
|2011||World Championships 5.000m||5th||13:25,50|
Jacob Kibet Chulyo Kendagor was born on the 24th of August 1984 in Marakwet. Marakwet county is one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of Kenya, bounded by the Kerio River at 1000m above sea level, which runs through a small branch of the Great Rift Valley. Jacob is married, has 3 children and currently lives in Eldoret. He is a bit older than most of his competitors in Mumbai, has a lot of experience and was already successful in half- and whole marathons worldwide. In recent years he has also done a lot of pacing for the first groups in big marathons, such as Berlin, Hamburg, Seoul and Valencia. In 2017 and 2018 he also paced in the Marathon of Mumbai and so knows the course well. This year he is going for his own chance in Mumbai. Jacob has prepared himself in Kenya, in the place Kapsabet, situated in the Rift Valley, at 2000 meters altitude. Jacob is a man to be reckoned with in Mumbai Marathon 2019.
|2013||Valencia Half Marathon||1st||59:58|
|2013||Berlin Half Marathon||1st||59:36|
Very experienced athlete run many marathons already in his career including some wins. He enjoys farming life in Kenya besides being a pro athlete. He has a small farm where he keeps cows for milking.
|2014||Rio de Janeiro Marathon||2nd||2:17:29|
Cosmas is from Kipsangui village (near Eldoret). He has one brother. He started running at school because he had passion for running.
Aychew is a young Ethiopian athlete who lives in Addis Ababa training with Getaneh Tessema. He made his Marathon debut in 2017 running 2:09:40 in Amsterdam. Aychew grew up in Robit in the Amara region and sees Haile Gebreselassie as his example to reach his goal, which is representing Ethiopia at the Olympic Games and at World Championships. Apart from running Aychew likes table tennis.
|2018||Lanzhou International Marahton||5th||2:13:27|
|2017||Rome Ostia Half||4th||60:57|
|2014||Kass FM Eldoret Marathon||1st||2:20:06|
Kipsang is coached by former Rotterdam and Seoul Marathon Champion William Kiplagat. He is among others training partner of Gideon Kipketer who is the Mumbai Marathon course record holder. They hail from Kapgitony area. He is the first born of three brothers & five sisters. Himself he has 2 children both a daughter and a son. He started running when he discovered he had potential to do so and was motivated by his coach William Kiplagat.
|2018||Cape Town Marathon||4th||2:09:21|
Competed mostly in smaller marathons so far and therefore is hopeful to improve his PB in Mumbai. Silas is a found fan of English premier league football.
Abdi was born in Ambo in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. He changed citizenship to Bahrain five years ago. Abdi was inspired by his older brother Gebo Burka, who is a world class athlete himself. Abdi is part of the training group of Haji Adilo and trains with world class athletes such as Shura Kitata and Lelisa Desisa. Apart from running he like to listen to music and hang out with friends.
Having run 56 marathons Serod is by far the most experienced athlete in the elite field. Besides that he is also the Mongolian Marathon Record holder with a time of 2.08.50. Serod started running marathons in 2002. He is hopeful for a top 8 finish in Mumbai and his ultimate goal is to finish top 10 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Marathon.
|2018||Asian Games Jakarta||5th||2:23:42|
|2016||Olympic Games Marathon||91st||2:24:26|
|2015||Lake Biwa Marathon||3rd||2:11:18|
|2014||Fukuoka Marathon||3rd||2:08:50 NR|
|2014||Asian Games Marathon||4th||2:13:21|
|2014||Beppu Oita Marathon||4th||2:10:59|
|2012||Beppu Oita Marathon||2nd||2:11:05|
Shumet was born in Wollega, Oromia region in Ethiopia. He started running in elementary school with Kenenisa Bekele as his example. Apart from running he likes table tennis. Shumet says his 2nd place in Mumbai Marathon last year changed his life.
Mekuant Ayenew was born in the village of Bichena in Gojam in north western part of Ethiopia. The place where he was born, running was mostly un-known to the society except for few people. Mekuant started running while he was in school, in 2008 he used to represent his Nemay district and run for his school, his first remarkable result was a 5000m where he came 3rd in 14’00. After he started training. Meanwhile he joined Sebeta club and started to compete internationally, his first marathon was Dubai marathon. Mekuant is married to Mekedes Asefaw and has one child named Amanuel Mekuant he is four years old. He likes to spend his time with his family by taking them to recreational area, he likes to swim also.
In his short career so far Eliud won four marathons already. Now he feels it’s time to step up to a higher level of competition in order to push his career to the next level. Besides running Eliud likes music particularly Kenyan music.
Deresa run many marathons in China in the past few years and so far run a best of 2.12.05. He recently joined coach Getaneh Tessema’s group and has shown great progress in training. At the age of 22, Deresa still is a fairly young marathoner. He hails from a family with 3 older brothers and 2 older sisters and is the only runner among them.
Was born in Mea Kegn in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, where also Lelisa Desisa and Shura Kitata where born. He started running looking up to Lelisa Desisia and now trains in the same group. His dream is to compete at the level of Lelisa and Shura. Apart from running he likes to play handball and watch football. He is a found fan of Arsenal.
Amanuel has two sisters and five brothers and he lives in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. He is not married and focus entirely on running for the moment.
Byambajav has, among his best performances, won a Bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Marathon Championships in Dongguan, China. He started running marathons in 2006 and got a lot of support from his family to do so. He’s goal is to run a sub 2.10 marathon in the years to come and dreams of winning medals at the highest stage.
|2018||Ulan Bator Marathon||1st||2:23:21|
|2017||Asian Marathon Championships||3rd||2:16:14|
|2017||World Championships Marathon||46th||2:21:48|
|2017||Ulan Bator Marathon||3rd||2:16:15|
|2017||World University Games Half Marathon||9th||69:14|
|2016||Olympic Games Rio||129th||2:36:14|
|2016||Ulan Bator Marathon||2nd||2:21:12|
Daniel Muindi Muteti was born on November 10th 1994 in Makueni, in the Former Eastern Province of Kenya. Daniel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and has taught for a year in that subject at a secondary school nearby Nairobi. That gave little satisfaction and Daniel decided to start runnning. For a couple of years Daniel has trained together with top athletes from Machakos, also belonging to Eastern Province, such as previous World Record Holder Marathon Patrick Makau and Valencia Marathon winner John Mwangangi. Nowadays, Daniel trains in Ngong, at 1900 meters altitude, 30 km South-West of Nairobi. Here he has also prepared himself for Mumbai Marathon 2019. Daniel Muteti is a real hot-weather athlete. In South-America, in Colombia, Ecuador and Guatamala, Daniel has won big competitions in recent years. Daniel, who also speaks Spanish, makes his debut on the marathon in Mumbai.
|2018||Coban Half Marathon||1st||65:48|
|2017||Valencia Marathon pacing 2.05 up to 32km||-||-|
|2017||Medellin Half Marathon||2nd||64:49|
|2017||Santa Pola Half Marathon||2nd||62:29|
|2016||Poznan Half Marathon||1st||63:44|
|2016||Warsaw Half Marathon||1st||62:14|
Amane Gobena is a high profile athlete who has been running on a high level since 2007. She has competed in 20 marathon, and finished on podium in 16 of them. The first marathon she won was the 2009 Toronto marathon, where she broke the course record. She set her current PB at the 2016 Tokyo marathon. Her time of 2:21:51 made her the sixth fastest athlete of 2016. Amane is an example to many in the training group of coach Haji Adillo, she is very caring and looks after every athlete of the training group. She is also the sister in law of her coach, married to Hussein Adelo (2:09 marathoner) and has two children.
|2014||Los Angeles Marathon||1st||2:27:37|
|2010||Osaka Ladies Marathon||1st||2:25:14|
|2002||World Cross Country Championships||8th||-|
Dinknesh, which means “wondrous one” in Amharic, grew up in the town of Bekoji, the renowned “Town of Runners”. As a young athlete she was brought to Addis Ababa by the organization ‘Running Across Borders’ and given coaching, accommodation and support to pursue a running career. She was the first to be part of the program and a classic example of what they are trying to do in East Africa: use sport to help youth achieve success in life. In 2010, Mekash traveled outside of her country for the first time, flying to Scotland to participate in the Loch Ness Marathon. She won in 2:46:39. She was surprised by seeing radiators used for heating the home. The arrival of the mail each day also caught her attention. She was inspired by her niece Elfenesh Alemu (4th in 2004 Olympic marathon, 2003 Tokyo winner) in the beginning of her running career. After a second place in Mumbai in 2013 and two win’s in 2014 and 2015, she hopes to come back with a win in 2017 after not competing in 2016!
|2011||Riga Nordea Marathon||2nd||2:38:04|
|2010||Loch Ness Marathon||1st||2:46:39|
The 2016 Mumbai Marathon Champion returns to Mumbai in 2018. She showed her great potential in long distance running in Mumbai in 2016, winning the race in 2:27. She won her second marathon in 2016, clocking a fast 2:24 in Vienna. In 2017 she won the Ljubljana marathon in Slovenia.
Running is in the family of Shuko, as both her brother and sister are athletes as well. She started running because of them and to support her family financially. Tirunesh Dibaba also inspired her to start a running career. Besides running, she likes to swim!
|2017||Vienna City Marathon||4th||2:26:06|
|2016||Vienna City Marathon||1st||2:24:31|
|2015||Hengshui Lake Marathon||3rd||2:27:29|
Birke Debele is an upcoming athlete from the group of Getaneh Tessema in Addis Ababa. She grew up in the Oromia region in a place called Wuchale. She is married but has no children and likes football. Her inspiration for running is fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba. She has only competed in one marathon so far, placing fifth in the Lagos Marathon. She competed in the Seven hills race 15k in the Netherlands in 2017 which she won, by beating world champion Rose Chelimo.
|2016||Béjaïa Half Marathon||2nd||71:49|
Melesech Tsegaye was born in 1994 in the village of Bekoji where many athletes hail from. As a fifth child in a family of 10 children with 1 brothers and 9 sisters. Two of her sisters are known athletes named Tirfi Tsegaye and Belaynesh Tsegaye. Melesech says that especially her elder sister Tirfi is her role model. Melesech’s first significant win came in a 1500meter race in her school where she out-run 2nd place. Then after she realizes that she has the talent to run and began her career in 2008.
When she was 16, Melesech was signed by Bishoftu club which recently again joined oromia police. Her first international race was Venice marathon which she was 4th with the time of 2:43 then after her first attempt in Venice she started to focus on her marathon. Melesech won her 2nd marathon in Hefei in china.
Melesech is part of a very strong training group, some of her training partners include Shuko Genemo, Aselefech Mergia, Tirfi Tsegaye, Aberu Kebede amog others.
Melesech is married to her teammate and famous athlete Lemi Berhanu a winner of Dubai marathon 2015 and winner of Boston in 2016. Apart from running Melesech likes to swim in her free time.
Worknesh trains in Sendafa area, north east of Addis Ababa. Her favourite training are long runs over dusty roads in an area south of Addis Ababa. In 2018 she managed to improve her PB twice both in Barcelona Marathon and Frankfurt Marathon. She now is aiming top 3 in Mumbai.
|2015||TCS Bangalore 10km||10th||33:54|
Megertu was born in Ambo in the Oromia region. She trains under coach Haji Adilo and is part of the Gedemsa Athletes Team (GAT). She started running five years ago. Apart from running she likes to watch football and is a support of the Arsenal team.
Ethiopian born Tejitu Daba competes for Bahrain and has won several medals at Asian championships for Bahrain. She ran 3000m, 5000m and 10.000m on the track for some years and made her road running debut in the 2015 TCS World 10k in Bangalore. This was the start of her road running career. She showed a good progression in 2017, running a personal best of 68:21 in the half marathon, followed by her marathon debut in Amsterdam.
Tejitu started running when she was inspired, she heard about the Dibabe sisters on the radio which inspired her to start running. Tirunesh Dibaba is her biggest example. Besides running, she likes to watch football. Tejitu is married to 2:05 marathoner Abera Kuma who is also competing in Mumbai Marathon.
|2018||Barcelona Half Marathon||1st||68:36|
|2017||Lille Half Marathon||3rd||68:21|
|2017||Madrid Half Marathon||1st||71:29|
|2016||Dam tot Damloop 10 miles||2nd||52:34|
|2013||FBK Games 5000m||9th||15:08.11|
|2013||Asian Championships 5000m||3rd||-|
|2013||World Cross Country Championships||8th||-|
|2012||Asian Indoor Championships 3000m||3rd||-|
|2011||Pan-Arab Games 10.000m||1st||-|
|2011||Asian Championships 5000m||1st||-|
Failuna has run many races in Brazil, and took victories in the Sao Paulo 10k, Rio de Janeiro Corida de Sao Sebastiao, Belo Horizonte half marathon and the Sao Paulo half marathon. In 2017 she finished 16th at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.
Failuna comes from the same region in Tanzania as 2017 Mumbai winner Alphonce Simbu.
|2018||TCS Kolkata 25km||3rd||1:27:45|
|2018||Cape Town Marathon||2nd||2:29:59|
|2018||Commonwealth Games 10.000m||12th||32:22.09|
|2018||Barcelona Half Marathon||5th||69:36|
|2017||World Championships 10.000m||23rd||32:29.97|
|2017||FBK Games Hengelo 10.000m||9th||31:47.37|
|2017||TCS Bengalore 10km||7th||33:32|
|2017||World Cross Country Championships||16th||-|
|2016||Santos Tribuna 10k||2nd||32:48|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro 10k||1st||33:59|
|2015||Sao Paulo 10k||1st||34:00|
Almaz comes from North Shoa area in Ethiopia, she studied till her high school period in that area before moving to Addis Abeba in 2009. She got inspired by Tirunesh Dibaba and started running after seeing her compete in the World Championships and Olympic Games. She is very close with her family.
|2016||Buenos Aires Marathon||2nd||2:42:27|
Khishigsaikhan is one of few Mongolian female marathon runners. She started running marathon only in 2016 and so far already had some good performances including a marathon win in Kishiwada Marathon in 2018. She is aiming to finish top 10 in Mumbai.
|2018||Asian Games Marathon||10th||2:42:57|
|2018||Ulan Bator Marathon||2nd||2:54:41|
|2017||World Championships Marathon||52nd||2:44:48|
Zinash is training in the group of Tessema Abshero together with the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Kolkata 25km Dibabe Kuma and Degitu Azmeraw. In 2018 she ran 3 half marathon races in China winning twice and finishing 2nd in the 3rd race. She lives in close to Addis Ababa and is the last born of 9 children. In Ethiopia she has been succesfull in Awasa half marathon (6th) and Addis Ababa 10km (4th). She is looking forward to her marathon debut.