🇵🇱 Blazej Brzezinski

That was the sensation in Poland in 2017! Blazej Brzezinski beats the complete world elite at the Warsaw Marathon. In 2:11:27 (PB), he was able to win the prestigious race, after the nine editions before only athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia could win. The two-time European marathon participant and professional soldier now wants to crown his career with an Olympic participation. But even for a 2:11 runner, the hurdle of the Olympic standard is not an easy one. In 2019, he had to abort his attempt to run the limit in Vienna after 10km due to an injury. In March he unfortunately had to drop out after a courageous start when he ran with the later winner Simon Boch. Anyway, it is his way to start rather offensively and to run a constant race.So we can be sure: at the S7 Marathon Blazej will definitely run the pace for the standard! We keep our fingers crossed that it can be maintained until the end!

🇳🇱 Frank Futselaar

It could have been the great Dutch duel of two friends for the last Dutch Olympic ticket. Frank Futselaar (2:11:30 PB) and Bjorn Koremann (2:11:07 PB) were both registered for the S7 Marathon. But due to an injury Bjorn unfortunately had to withdraw his start in the meantime. So for Frank the big chance to realize his Olympic dream in Tokyo.
After a great half marathon in Dresden in March 2021 (62:46 PB), the preparation in the Olympic year actually went perfectly. But the two subsequent marathon attempts did not go as desired. For various reasons, Frank was unable to finish in either Siena or Enschede. But after this small low Frank feels ready for great deeds again! And in order to prepare himself optimally for the S7 Marathon, Frank has been in a training camp in Austria, in Seefeld/Tyrol, for some time now. We are looking forward to Frank Futselaar and will support him in the best possible way to run the S7 to Tokyo!

🇳🇱 Bo Ummels und 🇳🇱 Ruth Van der Meijden

It is the great Dutch duel for the last women’s ticket to Tokyo. Andrea Deelstra (2:28:28) and Jill Holterman (2:28:18) have already broken the national standard of 2:28:30. Now Ruth van der Meijden and Bo Ummels will compete for the last ticket to the Olympics at the S7Marathon! Both wanted to qualify already in Enschede. For different reasons it was not enough. Bo had to cancel due to injury after her great half marathon PB (72:13) in March. Ruth ran a great race and finished in 2:29:30! She reached the international limit, but the Dutch national limit is one minute faster!
Now it comes to the showdown at the S7Marathon! Bo is fit again, Ruth has conserved her form… We are looking forward to this great duel on the S7!

🇩🇰 Thijs Nijhuis

This starter of the S7 half marathon has an impressive sporty CV. In rubber boots on his neighbor’s farm, he realized that his talent is running fast. Today, Thijs Nijhuis is Denmark’s second fastest marathon runner with 2:10:57h (Seville 2020) and thus also qualified for Tokyo!
And Thijs loves challenges. Besides the fact that he was Danish champion over 1500m and the marathon distance in the same year, he has won three handfuls of national championships and is still studying medicine at the same time! That deserves great respect!
And the next goals are clear: After the S7 half marathon and the Olympics in Tokyo, the Danish marathon national record should fall. We definitely believe he can do it and are looking forward to Thijs Nijhuis!

Euer/your run2gether Team