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Timo Bracht And Michaela Kummer Try To Set A New World Record For Blind Marathon Athletes

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Oct 22, 2009

At the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon on October 25th, Ironman European Champion Timo Bracht is going to break a special record: He supports the blind marathon runner Michaela Kummer in trying to break the World Record for blind runners. Her aim is to run 3:15 up to 3:18 hours. The triathlete from Eberbach will run the second half of the marathon side by side with the blind athlete from Calw. The first half, Michaela will run with her husband Oliver. Oliver Kummer is a triathlete and got to know Timo in a training camp on Lanzarote at the beginning of 2009.

„I am very impressed about Michaela’s performance and her attitude”, says Timo Bracht. “I’m looking forward to the run with her the second half of the marathon. That’s a great honour for me because it means that she and Oliver trust in me.” Michaela Kummer: “After Timo had confirmed that he would run with me, training was even more pleasure than it used to be. I am very happy that he will support me in Frankfurt just two weeks after his tough race in Hawaii.”

Michaela suffers from an illness of the retina and her eyesight is at 2 percent. The mother of two children works as a masseuse and has been running for 17 years now. She did her first marathon in Berlin four years ago. The 44-year-old is looking forward to her attempt to set a new World Record at the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon: “The marathon in Frankfurt is so special because of the phantastic finish in the festival hall. I am going to put the pedal to the metal with my husband and Timo and hope to have good reason to celebrate on Sunday.”

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