On 6 April 2017, NN Group launched the NN Running Team with the aim of putting the sport on a more professional and innovative footing and securing 100 high-profile podium finishes in our first season.
Nine months after setting out on this mission, we have successfully achieved this goal. On 18 December, NN Running Team front man and long distance legend Kenenisa Bekele was the victor in the Tata Steel Kolcata 25k. Bekele took home the win in a new course record of 1:13.49, securing the 100th podium finish for the NN Running Team along the way. We look back on an incredible first season that had so many highlights. Geoffrey Kirui was responsible for the maiden win at the John Hancock Boston Marathon and became the 2017 Marathon World Champion on the streets of London just months later.
Dominance continued throughout the season with the wins of Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin while his protégé Geoffrey Kamworor climbed the highest podium at the TCS New York City Marathon. There were the silver medals of Kenenisa Bekele and Abel Kirui in London and Chicago and the fastest marathon ever run during the audacious Breaking2 attempt by Eliud Kipchoge, resulting in a time of 2:00.25. Above all we are proud of the collective effort by all of our athletes who have made the team goal a reality and who bring the medal count to a total of 102 podiums before 2017 has even ended. We are excited about the future and have already started putting in the miles for 2018. Follow the social channels and www.nnrunningteam.com to stay up to date with the athletes and the races.