Joel Kiptoo, who won in Edinburgh, Scotland, Justus Kiprotich, who triumphed last year in Munster, Germany, and Daniel Yator, the winner this year in Iten, Kenya, are the favourites to win the race, which also passes through Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia.
Carlos Costa and Daniel Pinheiro are among the strongest Portuguese athletes in a competition in which Spain’s Martin Fiz will try to beat the veterans’ world record.
Ethiopian Genet Getaneh, who this year was second in the São Paulo marathon, and compatriot Tizita Terecha, who in 2015 was the strongest in Guangzhou, China, are the women in the spotlight, as is Luísa Oliveira among the Portuguese.
The Porto event again received the bronze level from the International Athletics Federation (IAAF), which attests to its quality, and it is part of an international championship of great marathons to be scored for a global ranking.
Run Porto, the organising entity, now pursues the silver level and one of the criteria for this rise in rank has to do with the number of finishers.
According to a study carried out by the University of the Algarve, the 2018 marathon had an impact of €12.7 million on the local economy and estimates that in the 15 editions already held, the value has already exceeded €100 million.