JoongAng Seoul Marathon

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Not to be confused with Seoul International Marathon.
The Jamsil Olympic Stadium is the finishing point for the race

The JoongAng Seoul Marathon is an annual footrace that takes place in Seoul, South Korea, usually in early November. First held in 1999, the race was established as a commemoration of Olympic marathon race which was held as part of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.[1] It features a men's marathon elite race, and also has non-professional races of 10 km as well as the marathon distance. Elite international competitors are usually not invited to the women's race, thus that section tends to be a competition between Korean women only.[2]

Sponsored by JoongAng Ilbo, the JoongAng Seoul Marathon one of two annual international marathons in the city: the Seoul International Marathon is held in March and is sponsored by rival newspaper The Dong-a Ilbo.[3] It has received IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status and hosted the Asian Marathon Championship in 2004.[4]

It began as a half marathon with around 1300 participants in the first run.[5] The course was selected as a national championship race from 2001 onwards and it became a full marathon course the following year. A 5 km short course event was held at the inaugural edition and it featured for three years until its discontinuation in 2002. In 2007 it was awarded Silver Label Race Road status by the IAAF and by 2008 around 25,000 runners were competing at each annual event.[6]

Tracing a loop across Seoul, the course is generally flat, which allows for fast finishing times.[1] It takes place in the south-east part of the city, heading into the suburbs towards Seongnam before looping back to finish in the Jamsil Olympic Stadium.[7] The fast course has resulted in a number of sub-2:09 runs and even one sub-2:06 run in the men's race over the course's history.[8][9] James Kwambai is the men's course record holder with 2:05:50 hours and is the most successful athlete at the race, having won three times consecutively from 2011 to 2013.[10] The women's course record is 2:29:32 hours, set by national runner Lee Eun-Jung.

Past winners[edit]

Half marathon[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1999  Baek Seung-Do (KOR) 1:04:41  Kwon Eun-ju (KOR) 1:13:58
2nd 2000  You Young-Jin (KOR) 1:04:06  Yoon Sun-Sook (KOR) 1:13:31
3rd 2001  John Nada Saya (TAN) 1:01:58  Bae Hae-Jin (KOR) 1:13:06


Key:       Course record       Asian Marathon Championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
4th 2002  Mbarak Hussein (KEN) 2:09:46  Oh Jung-hee (KOR) 2:37:58
5th 2003  Pavel Loskutov (EST) 2:09:15  Chung Yoon-hee (KOR) 2:30:50
6th 2004  Pavel Loskutov (EST) 2:09:34  Zhang Shujing (CHN) 2:36:22
7th 2005  William Kiplagat (KEN) 2:08:27  Kwon Keun-young (KOR) 2:49:09
8th 2006  Jason Mbote (KEN) 2:08:13  Kim Hye-Kyong (KOR) 2:40:36
9th 2007  Joshua Chelanga (KEN) 2:08:14  Lee Eun-Jung (KOR) 2:29:32
10th 2008  Solomon Molla (ETH) 2:08:46  Lee Sun-young (KOR) 2:29:58
11th 2009  Francis Kibiwott Larabal (KEN) 2:09:00  Lee Sun-young (KOR) 2:34:22
12th 2010  David Kemboi Kiyeng (KEN) 2:08:15  Eun Jung Kim (KOR) 2:44:25
13th 2011  James Kwambai (KEN) 2:08:50  Choi Kyung-Hee (KOR) 2:40:49
14th 2012  James Kwambai (KEN) 2:05:50  Choi Kyung-Hee (KOR) 2:39:20
15th 2013  James Kwambai (KEN) 2:06:25  Park Ho-Sun (KOR) 2:31:32


  1. ^ a b Travel » Other Marathons » JoongAng Seoul Marathon. Singapore Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  2. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (2008-10-31). Mbote gunning for his own course record at JoongAng Seoul Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  3. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2005-11-07). Kiplagat takes 2:08 course record victory in Seoul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  4. ^ Asian Championships Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2013-03-02). Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  5. ^ Feature. JoongAng Seoul Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  6. ^ History. JoongAng Seoul Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  7. ^ Course. JoongAng Seoul Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  8. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2006-11-05). Kiplagat’s course record is broken with 2:08:13 run in Seoul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  9. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (2008-11-02). Molla takes surprise victory in Seoul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  10. ^ Kwambai secures hat-trick in Seoul. IAAF (2013-11-03). Retrieved on 2013-11-03.

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