Mo Farah will begin the next chapter of his career in front of his home fans, announcing that he will run the 2018 London Marathon on April 22.
“The London Marathon is my home race and it is so special to me,” Farah said in a press release. “The previous times I have taken part [in 2013 and 2014] were amazing. The atmosphere on the course was unbelievable. Just like at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at the World Championships this summer, those incredible home crowds really do give me that extra motivation. I can’t wait to experience that again next year.”
Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, is moving to full-time road running in 2018 after a decorated track career.
In his final season on the track, Farah earned the 10,000m gold medal and 5000m silver medal at Worlds. He also claimed the 5000m Diamond League title. He ended his season on Sunday by winning the Great North Run in Newcastle, England, and said that was looking forward to eating sticky toffee pudding and apple pie in the offseason.
Farah has previous experience on the London Marathon course.
He ran the first half of the 2013 race to gain experience participating in a major city marathon.
He returned in 2014 to make his 26.2-mile debut, finishing eighth in 2:08:21. He missed the European record (2:06:36) and the British record (2:07:13), but broke the English record of 2:08.33.
“I can’t wait for next April and will be training as hard as ever over the coming months to ensure I’m in the best shape possible,” Farah said.
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