French Riviera Marathon

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French Riviera Marathon
Date November
Location Nice – Cannes
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 2008
Official site French Riviera Marathon

The French Riviera Marathon (French: Marathon Des Alpes-Maritimes) is a marathon held annually along the south east coast of France, between the cities of Nice and Cannes. The event was first held in 2008, when the race achieved its full capacity of 10,000 runners,[1] setting a new world record attendance for an event on its debut.[2] Although the race has only been competed since 2008, it trails only the Paris Marathon in terms of participation within France.[2][3] In 2013, it was listed as an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race for the first time,[4] a status it retained in 2014.[5]

The race begins in the Albert I Garden in Nice, and then progresses along the French Riviera, visiting Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Golfe-Juan before arriving in Cannes and finishing on the Promenade de la Croisette, in front of the Carlton Cannes hotel.[6] In addition to the full marathon, a "2 x 21.1 km" relay race was added in 2013,[7] in which runners can race in pairs, with one person running the first half of the race, and then the other running the second half of the race.[8] A six-person relay race is also run, with each leg of the race varying between 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi).[9]

In the men's races, Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes have won every race, with each nation claiming three victories. The course record is held by Lucas Kanda, who completed the race in 2:08:40 in 2011.[10] Ethiopian runners have also been successful in the women's races, winning on all but one occasion. The first race was won by a Russian, Oksana Kuzmicheva.[11] The women's course record holder is Radiya Roba, who finished in 2:30:37 in 2010.[12]

Results[edit]

French Riviera Marathon results
Year Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Refs
Male Female
2014 Hailu, ShumeShume Hailu  Ethiopia 2:09:27 Jepchumba, RoseRose Jepchumba  Kenya 2:33:52
2013 Sori, AbdisaAbdisa Sori  Ethiopia 2:13:58 Kosgei, SalinaSalina Kosgei  Ethiopia 2:41:34 [7]
2012 Magut, EliudEliud Magut  Kenya 2:10:32 Lechisa, AreguAregu Lechisa  Ethiopia 2:31:57 [13]
2011 Kanda, LucasLucas Kanda  Kenya 2:08:40 Shumye, Te'ameTe'ame Shumye  Ethiopia 2:30:53 [10]
2010 Botoru, TsegayeTsegaye Botoru  Ethiopia 2:10:27 Roba, RadiyaRadiya Roba  Ethiopia 2:30:37 [12]
2009 Roba, AdeloAdelo Roba  Ethiopia 2:10:17 Mohamed, MerimaMerima Mohamed  Ethiopia 2:33:56 [14]
2008 Kitur, JacobJacob Kitur  Kenya 2:11:12 Kuzmicheva, OksanaOksana Kuzmicheva  Russia 2:37:10 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News 2008". Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "French Riviera Marathon: a chic race". Flying Blue Running. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marathon Des Alpes Maritimes Results". Run Infinity. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Calendar: 2013". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Calendar: 2014". IAAF. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Marathon Des Alpes-Maritimes, The French Riviera Marathon 2013/2014 (page 1)". Adventure Marathon. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "10 November 2013: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "2x21.1 km". Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Relay Marathon Caisse d'Epargne des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes". Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "20 November 2011: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "9 November 2008: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "14 November 2010: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "4 November 2012: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "8 November 2009: Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, France". AIMS. Retrieved 5 January 2014.