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Foreign runners not welcome at Utrecht marathon

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The Dutch marathon season kicks off this coming Sunday with the prestigious Rotterdam marathon.

Three weeks later, the city of Utrecht will hold its annual marathon, and the organisers have taken the surprising step of barring foreigners from taking part. The reason? Almost every single marathon that has been staged in Holland over the past five years has been won by Kenyans.

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