Kaka, who played for Real Madrid and AC Milan before retiring in 2017, said his father struggled with… COVID-19 inspired him to run the marathon.
“He was in the hospital for 45 days,” Kaka said at the Berlin Marathon press conference on Friday.
“Luckily he’s with us today.”
Kaka’s father and brother will participate in the marathon “family experience”.
“He’s not going to run, he’s just walking, but we wanted to have him with us in this experience — it’s more of a family experience.”
Kaka said marathons are particularly special as sporting events because amateurs can compete side by side with professionals.
“I’m very excited… Obviously it’s very different from those guys (pointing to the professionals), this is something that’s really good in marathons.
“As an amateur athlete, I can run and be in the same field as the professionals.
“This is something very special in marathons – in retrospect I can say that the best in the marathon ran this time, and at the same time I ran with him.”
Kaka said he was hoping for a time of less than four hours.
“I want to run for about 3 hours 40 minutes – if I feel good, maybe I can do more,” added the 2002 World Cup winner.