Bogotá Half Marathon
|Bogotá Half Marathon|
|Date||Late July/Early August|
|Official site||Bogotá Half Marathon|
The Bogotá International Half Marathon (Spanish: Media Maratón Internacional de Bogotá) is an annual road running competition over the half marathon distance 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) which takes place in Bogotá, Colombia in late July or early August. Established in 2000, it holds IAAF Gold Label Road Race status, making it the first and thus far only South American race to achieve this accreditation. The competition features both elite and popular (or recreational) sections within the half marathon and 10 km races. Around 45,000 runners take part in the competition's events each year.
Both the courses at the race have a point-to-point format. The course of the half marathon race begins at Bolívar Square and heads northwards past Avenida Jiménez and Parque Nacional, before turning westwards at the Unicentro shopping centre. The course continues heading to the west, passing the Salitre Mágico amusement park, and then finishes at Simón Bolívar Park. The 10 km race has identical start and finishing points, but follows a more direct path between the two – heading north on Calle 26 then switching to Calle 53 which goes directly past Bolívar Park.
The elite race has featured a number of high profile runners, including former marathon world record holder and champion Catherine Ndereba, two-time Saint Silvester Road Race winner James Kwambai, Olympic medallist and New York City Marathon champion Joyce Chepchumba and 2005 World Half Marathon champion Fabiano Joseph. The race is not typically conducive to fast times as the city and its course are at 2600 metres above sea-level, a factor which inhibits long distance runners.
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||2000||Armando Quintanilla (MEX)||1:04:20||Martha Tenorio (ECU)||1:12:07|
|2nd||2001||Juan José Castillo (PER)||1:03:51||María Portillo (PER)||1:15:04|
|3rd||2002||Ben Kimondiu (KEN)||1:04:39||Teresa Wanjiku (KEN)||1:15:17|
|4th||2003||José Alirio Carrasco (COL)||1:04:23||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:10:29|
|5th||2004||Isaac Macharia (KEN)||1:04:03||Joyce Chepchumba (KEN)||1:15:07|
|6th||2005||James Kwambai (KEN)||1:03:10||Adriana Fernández (MEX)||1:15:02|
|7th||2006||Fabiano Joseph (TAN)||1:02:34||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:12:56|
|8th||2007||Isaac Macharia (KEN)||1:03:40||Nouriah Asiba (KEN)||1:16:09|
|9th||2008||Isaac Macharia (KEN)||1:03:34||Pamela Chepchumba (KEN)||1:12:55|
|10th||2009||Isaac Macharia (KEN)||1:02:49||Lydia Cheromei (KEN)||1:12:29|
|11th||2010||Deriba Merga (ETH)||1:02:31||Shewarge Amare (ETH)||1:13:54|
|12th||2011||Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)||1:02:20||Joyce Chepkirui (KEN)||1:13:34|
|13th||2012||Peter Kirui (KEN)||1:02:26||Gladys Cherono (KEN)||1:13:27|
|14th||2013||Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN)||1:03:46||Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)||1:12:24|
|Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|2007||John Tello (COL)||30:19||Jimena Salazar (COL)||37:54|
|2008||Oscar Robayo (COL)||30:30||Ángela Figueroa (COL)||37:08|
|2009||John Tello (COL)||30:35||Ángela Figueroa (COL)||36:32|
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