Bogotá Women's Race

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Bogotá Women's Race
Date September
Location Bogotá, Colombia
Event type Road (female only)
Distance 12 km, 8 km, 4 km, 2 km
Established 2007
Official site Carrera de la Mujer Bogotá

The Bogotá Women's Race (Spanish: Carrera de la Mujer) is a road running event exclusively for women held in Bogotá, Colombia, each year. It was established in 2007, when 6,000 women took part, and participation has risen to 17,000 in the 2013 event.[1] A range of distances is available, from 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) for elite athletes, down to 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) for mothers with prams.[2] The race has been classified as a Gold Label Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since 2013.[3] As such, it was one of only two female-only events to have Gold Label status in 2013, along with the Nagoya Marathon.[4]

The event takes place in the Simón Bolívar Park, with most of the races using a 4 km loop.[5] The elite athletes run three laps of the course, while the open race, for runners over 18, comprises two laps. There are a variety of classes who run just one lap: women aged between 40 and 49, those over the age of 50, girls between 12 and 14, and girls between 15 and 17.[2] According to the organisers, the races promote "a better quality of life for women with an emphasis on physical activity as the starting point."[6]

For the first two years, the elite runners competed over 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), and on both occasions the race was won by Colombian runner Yolanda Fernández.[7][8] In 2009, the race was extended to the current 12 kilometres (7.5 mi), and was once again won by Fernández.[9] The following year, another Colombian runner, Yolanda Caballero, won the race,[10] but since 2011, the race has been won by African athletes. Ethiopian Belainesh Gebre won in 2011,[11] setting a course record of 40:46, while two Kenyan runners won in 2012 and 2013, Veronica Nyaruai followed by Sylvia Kibet.[12][13] The IAAF describe the altitude of the race, 2,625 metres (8,612 ft), as being "energy-draining", an assessment backed up by the 2013 winner Kibet.[13]


Year Athlete Nationality Time
Notes Ref
2013 Kibet, SylviaSylvia Kibet  Kenya 42:11 [13]
2012 Nyaruai, VeronicaVeronica Nyaruai  Kenya 41:06 [12]
2011 Gebre, BelaineshBelainesh Gebre  Ethiopia 40:46 [11]
2010 Caballero, YolandaYolanda Caballero  Colombia 42:43 [10]
2009 Fernández, YolandaYolanda Fernández  Colombia 42:36 [9]
2008 Fernández, YolandaYolanda Fernández  Colombia 36:00 10 km course [8]
2007 Fernández, YolandaYolanda Fernández  Colombia 32:16 10 km course [7]


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  2. ^ a b "Categories and distances". Ergofitness SAS. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Label Road Races Archive of Past Events: 2013". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "La Carrera de la Mujer en Bogotá ahora Gold Label" (in Spanish). Colombia Corre. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Belaynesh Oljira leads strong field at Bogota's Carrera de la Mujer". IAAF. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "General Information". Ergofitness SAS. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "La carrera de la mujer fue para Yolanda Fernández" (in Spanish). Caracol. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Yolanda Fernández gana carrera colombiana que busca prevención del cáncer de seno" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Yolanda Fernández fue la más veloz en la Carrera de la Mujer" (in Spanish). El Espectador. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Carrera de la Mujer: 2010" (in Spanish). Colombia Corre. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Carrera de la Mujer: 2011" (in Spanish). Colombia Corre. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Las extranjeras dominaron la Carrera de la Mujer" (in Spanish). El Espectador. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Kibet's sprint finish helps her triumph at Bogota's Carrera de la Mujer". IAAF. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.