Belgrade Marathon

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Belgrade Marathon
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The men's race at the 2006 Belgrade Marathon
Date Mid-April
Location Belgrade, Serbia Serbia
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1988
Official site Beogradski Marathon

The Belgrade Marathon is a marathon race held annually in Belgrade since 1988. It is typically held in mid-April and also features half marathon and fun run for the public.

Background[edit]

The Belgrade Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in Serbia. A group of enthusiasts came up with a plan to restore the race that existed in 1910 from Obrenovac to Belgrade. The first modern marathon in Belgrade took place on May 8, 1988. The track length of the original 1910 marathon was 23 km with several checkpoints. The track length of the 1988 marathon was 46.7 km, with the start and finish being in front of the Federal Parliament Building. Since 1990 the Belgrade Marathon has a standard 42.195 km length.

The 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia did not prevent the Marathon from taking place that year, and on April 17 the race was held as a metered group run.[1] About 40 runners from nine countries crossed the finish line at 3 hours 15 minues and 16 seconds.[2] The runners from NATO countries were Seine Brenson from the USA, and Michael Turzynski and Heinz Lorber from Germany. The latter two are also founding members of the German 100 Marathon Club.[3]

The Yugoslav Sport Society "Partizan" took it upon itself to organize the marathon. The City of Belgarde, its departments and communal services, helped organize the event. Also involved were the executive bodies of city government, the Army of Serbia, the Serbian Police, and a number of sponsors. In September 2003, Belgrade declared that the Marathon is an event of special importance for the city. The same organisers also arrange the Belgrade Race Through History, a race around the city's Kalemegdan fortress, which started in 1996.[4]

Belgrade Marathon is adapted for people of all ages, and is separated into the following categories:

  • The Kids Marathon is a race for children
  • The Fun Run is the event with the most participants (5 km)
  • The Half-marathon is a half-distance marathon that is in accordance with world standards
  • The Marathon is a standard 42.195 km length marathon

Past winners[edit]

Johnstone Kibet Maiyo leading the 2010 men's race
William Kwambai Kipchumba topped the podium in 2008

      Course record       Serbian championship race

Date Men's winner Nationality Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Nationality Time (h:m:s)
April 27, 2014 Bernard Talam  Kenya 2:14:35 Valary Aiyabei  Kenya 2:37:08
April 21, 2013 Edwin Kiplagat Kitum  Kenya 2:19:34 Olivera Jevtić  Serbia 2:36:12
April 22, 2012 James Kiptum Barmasai  Kenya 2:16:01 Mary Ptikani  Kenya 2:42:47
April 17, 2011 Gebrselassie Tsegaye  Ethiopia 2:14:41 Frasiah Waithaka  Kenya 2:34:31
April 18, 2010 Johnstone Kibet Maiyo  Kenya 2:16:23 Hellen Wanjiku Mugo  Kenya 2:41:19
April 18, 2009 Victor Kigen  Kenya 2:13:28 Anne Kosgei  Kenya 2:34:51
April 19, 2008 William Kwambai Kipchumba  Kenya 2:14:03 Natalia Chatkina  Belarus 2:46:24
April 21, 2007 John Maluni  Kenya 2:11:53 Olivera Jevtić  Serbia 2:35:46
April 22, 2006 Japhet Kosgei  Kenya 2:10:54 Galina Karnatsevich  Belarus 2:34:35
April 23, 2005 Medeksa Derba Badade  Ethiopia 2:12:10 Inga Abitova  Russia 2:38:20
April 24, 2004 Christopher Isengwe  Tanzania 2:12:53 Rose Nyangacha  Kenya 2:35:55
October 18, 2003[5] Benson Ogato  Kenya 2:14:48 Zhanna Malkova  Russia 2:40:24
April 20, 2002 Geoffrey Kinyua  Kenya 2:18:48 Rodica Chiriţă  Romania 2:40:55
April 21, 2001 Mluleki Nobanda  South Africa 2:15:11 Cristina Pomacu  Romania 2:29:44
April 22, 2000 Thabiso Moqhali  Lesotho 2:15:08 Cristina Pomacu  Romania 2:36:54
April 17, 1999 Official group run as a demonstration against 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia 3:15:16
April 25, 1998 Reuben Chebutich  Kenya 2:12:51 Irina Bogachova  Kyrgyzstan 2:32:07
April 19, 1997 Josephat Ndeti  Kenya 2:13:38 Irina Bogachova  Kyrgyzstan 2:34:57
April 20, 1996 Hussein Ahmed Salah  Djibouti 2:14:15 Izabela Zatorska  Poland 2:36:51
April 22, 1995 Vladimir Kotov Belarus Belarus 2:14:00 Izabela Zatorska  Poland 2:40:27
April 23, 1994 Vladimir Bukhanov  Ukraine 2:12:28 Cristina Pomacu  Romania 2:33:08
April 24, 1993 Jacob Ngunzu  Kenya 2:16:09 Suzana Ćirić Serbia and Montenegro FR Yugoslavia 2:40:27
April 25, 1992 Nicolas Nyengerai  Zimbabwe 2:16:07 Garifa Blaizanova  Kazakhstan 2:45:12
May 4, 1991 Agapius Masong  Tanzania 2:16:23 Carla Malisová  Czechoslovakia 2:47:10
May 5, 1990 Joseph Nzau  Kenya 2:19:32 Suzana Ćirić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia SFR Yugoslavia 2:45:09

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butcher, Pat (1999-10-11). Paul Tergat to race through history. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  2. ^ Run, World, Run -- And Stop the War!
  3. ^ 100 Marathon Club Germany
  4. ^ The Belgrade Race Through History. Belgrade Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  5. ^ postponed from April to October, due to state of emergency in the country, following the assassination of prime minister Zoran Đinđić
List of winners

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