Cross Internacional de la Constitución

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Cross Internacional de la Constitución
Vivian Cheruiyot Cross de la Constitucion 2006.jpg
Vivian Cheruiyot running in Alcobendas in 2006
Date Early December
Location Alcobendas, Spain
Event type Cross country
Distance 10 km for men
6 km for women
Established 1982
Official site Cross de la Constitución

Cross Internacional de la Constitución is an annual cross country running event which is held in early December in Alcobendas, Spain. The competition was first held in 1982 and began attracting top-level elite distance runners from the 1990s onwards.[1] Hosted by the Club de Atletismo Popular de Alcobendas,[2] the Cross de la Constitución takes place in Parque de Andalucia near the industrial centre in the city.[3][4] Almost 600 runners took part in the races in 2010.[5]

The men's elite competition is held over roughly 10 km, while the women elite runners compete over approximately 6 km.[6] The exact race distances of the courses on the park's looped circuit vary from year to year, thus no course record is kept. The women's race was previously about 5 km but has been around 6 km since 1999.[7] The race day's events include nine categories of competition: six are youth races by age group, short and long course races are held for senior athletes, and a separate veteran's race is also held for older runners.[2]

Winners of the competition have included a number of World Cross Country champions: Zersenay Tadese, Joseph Ebuya, Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Albertina Dias have all gone on to win the world title after victory in Alcobendas. Other winners of note include Spanish marathon world champion Martín Fiz and track world champions Benjamin Limo, Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai.[7] The meet previously received permit status from European Athletics, the continental body for the sport.[8]

Past senior race winners[edit]

An aerial view of the host city and San Sebastián de los Reyes.
Tariku Bekele (left) and Abraham Chebii (center) have both won in Alcobendas.
Meselech Melkamu took consecutive titles in 2005 to 2006.
Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 1982  Santiago Manguan (ESP)  María del Mar Arrollaga (ESP)
II 1983  Karl Harrison (ENG)  Alicia Silva (POR)
III 1984  António Leitão (POR)  Leonor Costa (POR)
IV 1985  Joao Campos (POR)  Alejandra Ramos (CHI)
V 1986  Manuel Matias (POR)  Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP)
VI 1987  David Lewis (ENG)  Conceição Ferreira (POR)
VII 1988  Domingos Castro (POR)  Dolores Rizo (ESP)
VIII 1989  Carlos Monteiro (POR) 27:50  Ana Moreira (POR) 13:36
IX 1990  William Mutwol (KEN) 28:52  Albertina Dias (POR) 17:14
X 1991  Martín Fiz (ESP) 32:05  Tullia Orietta Mancia (ITA) 19:22
XI 1992  Martín Fiz (ESP) 29:36  Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 17:54
XII 1993  Ondoro Osoro (KEN) 28:09  Conceição Ferreira (POR) 16:24
XIII 1994  Shem Kororia (KEN) 29:12  Merima Denboba (ETH) 17:09
XIV 1995  Shem Kororia (KEN) 29:52  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 18:20
XV 1996  Paul Koech (KEN) 29:00  Albertina Dias (POR) 17:36
XVI 1997  Paul Koech (KEN) 28:26  Merima Denboba (ETH) 16:30
XVII 1998  Daniel Gachara (KEN) 28:01  Genet Gebregiorgis (ETH) 20:46
XVIII 1999  Benjamin Limo (KEN) 30:27  Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 19:26
XIX 2000  Evans Rutto (KEN) 29:15  Rose Cheruiyot Kosgei (KEN) 18:28
XX 2001  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 29:30  Leah Malot (KEN) 19:49
XXI 2002  Enock Mitei (KEN) 30:42  Salina Kosgei (KEN) 20:13
XXII 2003  John Yuda (TAN) 30:20  Alice Timbilil (KEN) 20:26
XXIII 2004  Fabiano Joseph (TAN) 30:13  Merima Hashim (ETH) 19:26
XXIV 2005  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 29:14  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 19:14
XXV 2006  Tariku Bekele (ETH) 32:18  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 21:16
XXVI 2007  Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 29:08  Eunice Jepkorir (KEN) 19:40
XXVII 2008  Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 29:08  Linet Masai (KEN) 18:59
XXVIII 2009  Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 30:55  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 19:53
XXIX 2010  Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 29:37  Mónica Rosa (POR) 20:15
XXX 2011  Kidane Tadesse (ERI) 30:10  Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN) 20:06
XXXI[9] 2012  Teklemariam Medhin (ERI) 28:23  Nazret Weldu (ERI) 26:30
XXXII 2013  Emmanuel Bett (KEN) 28:00  Sofia Assefa (ETH) 25:33
XXXIII 2014  Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 28:36  Doris Changeywo (KEN) 26:49


  1. ^ Cross Internacional de la Constitución (Spanish). CAP-Alcobendas. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  2. ^ a b Race Profile (Spanish). Real Federación Española de Atletismo. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  3. ^ Teklemariam Mehdin vuelve a retar al campeón mundial Ebuya (Spanish). ADN. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ Circuito del XXIX Cross Internacional de la Constitución. CAP-Alcobendas. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ Alcobendas obtiene 860 puntos, de los buenos. A pesar del gran nivel, lo mejor, el duelo entre Arturo Casado y Reyes Estevez en meta. Para los anales. (Spanish). ANOC. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  6. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-12-06). Ebuya breezes in Alcobendas. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ a b Civai, Franco (2010-12-07). Cross Internacional de la Constitucion. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  8. ^ Garcia lays down warning in Alcobendas. European Athletics (2008-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2012-11-26). Medhin and Weldu breeze to Alcobendas victory. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.
List of winners

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