Bogotá Half Marathon

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Bogotá Half Marathon
Catedral Primada de Colombia-Bogota.JPG
The Primary Cathedral of Bogotá overlooks the starting point on Bolívar Square
Date Late July/Early August
Location Bogotá, Colombia Colombia
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 2000
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.[1] The competition features both elite and popular (or recreational) sections within the half marathon and 10 km races.[2] Around 45,000 runners take part in the competition's events each year.[3][4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Past winners[edit]

Catherine Ndereba won the 2006 women's race.

Key:       Course record

Half marathon[edit]

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[9]  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 1:02:20  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:13:34
13th 2012[10]  Peter Kirui (KEN) 1:02:26  Gladys Cherono (KEN) 1:13:27
14th 2013[4]  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 1:03:46  Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 1:12:24

10 km[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gold Label. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  2. ^ Categories. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  3. ^ Kuehls, David (2009-08-02). Macharia and Cheromei victorious in Bogota. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  4. ^ a b Biscayart, Eduardo (2013-07-28). Kipsang and Jeptoo win in Bogota. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-29.
  5. ^ Recorrido 21km (Spanish). MMB (2010). Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  6. ^ Recorrido 10km. (Spanish). MMB (2010). Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  7. ^ Results. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  8. ^ Sailer, Victah (2007-07-18). Tergat to compete in the Bogotá Half Marathon, and promote UN mission. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  9. ^ Mutai and Chepkirui the winners in Bogota. IAAF/Organisers (2011-08-01). Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  10. ^ Kirui and Cherono dominate Bogotá Half Marathon. IAAF (2012-07-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-30.

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