Azalea Trail Run

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Azalea Trail Run

The Azalea Trail Run is an annual road running event held in late March in Mobile, Alabama which is considered one of the United States' premier road races. Runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes from around the world and at all levels turn out for the event. The 10-kilometer race is known for its fast, flat course along Mobile’s oak shaded streets and has seen blistering records set by runners since its inception.[1]

In 2001, Joseph Kimani of Kenya finished within two seconds of setting a new world record in the men's open division in 27:41. John Campbell of New Zealand established a world’s best time for a male masters athlete (over 50 years of age) in 1999 with his time of 31:02. In 1994, Martin Mondragon of Mexico set the current world record for men masters, at 28:56. [1]

The two-day family, friendly event was founded in 1978 and includes a world class 10K race, a fun run, and a Health and Fitness Expo.[2] The ATR is produced by the Port City Pacers, a local nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting health and fitness through running and walking. [1]

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Joan Benoit was the 1984 winner of the race.
Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi won the 2009 men's race.
Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1978  Bill Rodgers (USA) 30:26  Lisa Savell (USA) 40:15
1979  Marty Liquori (USA) 30:39  Gayle Barron (USA) 37:31
1980  Ken Misner (USA) 29:34  Dolly Harrison (USA) 37:38
1981  Bill Rodgers (USA) 29:01  Patti Catalano (USA) 32:32
1982  Bill Rodgers (USA) 28:59  Brenda Webb (USA) 33:01
1983  Bill Rodgers (USA) 28:37  Linda McLennan (USA) 33:18
1984  Simon Kigen (KEN) 27:57  Joan Benoit (USA) 31:57
1985  Ken Martin (USA) 28:30  Priscilla Welch (ENG) 32:14
1986  Peter Koech (KEN) 28:03  Liz Lynch (SCO) 32:24
1987  Paul Rugut (KEN) 28:19  Lisa Martin (AUS) 32:10
1988  Mauricio González (MEX) 28:04  Teresa Ornduff (USA) 32:27
1989  John Treacy (IRL) 28:17  Wendy Sly (ENG) 32:15
1990  Martín Pitayo (MEX) 28:25  Francie Larrieu-Smith (USA) 32:01
1991  Mauricio González (MEX) 29:03  Francie Larrieu-Smith (USA) 32:05
1992  William Sigei (KEN) 27:45  Jill Hunter (ENG) 31:52
1993  William Koech (KEN) 28:06  Wilma van Onna (NED) 32:07
1994  Lucketz Swartbooi (NAM) 27:51  Karolina Szabó (HUN) 32:55
1995  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 27:41  Delilah Asiago (KEN) 32:07
1996  Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN) 27:44  Judi St. Hilaire (USA) 32:24
1997  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 27:54  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 31:29
1998  Simon Rono (KEN) 27:55  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 32:10
1999  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 28:01  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 32:36
2000  Dominic Kirui (KEN) 27:49  Jane Omoro (KEN) 32:39
2001  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 27:26  Gladys Asiba (KEN) 32:42
2002  John Itati (KEN) 27:58  Gladys Asiba (KEN) 32:08
2003  Linus Maiyo (KEN) 27:36  Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 32:12
2004  John Itati (KEN) 28:55  Olga Romanova (RUS) 32:45
2005  Luke Kipkosgei (KEN) 28:37  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 32:28
2006  Samuel Ndereba (KEN) 28:35  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 32:19
2007  Samuel Ndereba (KEN) 28:01  Rehima Kedir (ETH) 32:02
2008  Moses Kigen (KEN) 28:15  Genoveva Kigen (KEN) 32:11
2009  Ridouane Harroufi (MAR) 28:14  Genoveva Kigen (KEN) 32:49
2010  John Kemboi Cheruiyot (KEN) 27:59  Belaynesh Zemedkun (ETH) 32:24
2011  Richard Kandie (KEN) 29:15  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 33:22
2012  Shadrack Kosgei (KEN) 28:19  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 32:41
2013  Elly Sang (KEN) 28:58  Ogla Kimaiyo Cherono (KEN) 32:33
2014  Julius Kiprotich Kogo (KEN) 27:58  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 32:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Azalea Trail Run Celebrates 30th Anniversary". MdiDrive.com. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Event Calendar". CityOfMObile.org. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
List of winners

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