Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale

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Runners descend the Col de la Gineste to reach the finishing point at the port in Cassis

The Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale is an annual half marathon which follows a course from Marseille to Cassis in France during the last weekend in October. It has the silver label of the IAAF Road Race Label Events and is thus among the ten more prestigious half marathon races in the world. First organised by the SCO Sainte-Marguerite sports club in 1979, the event has grown into a large international competition, with around 12,000 runners competing every year.[1] The course distance of 20,308 metres falls slightly short of the true half marathon distance (21,097.5 m). However, the race is made more difficult by a long 327 m rise up a hill—the Col de la Gineste—at the midpoint of the course, which eventually follows back down into the port of Cassis.[2] The annual race is usually held in the month of October.

The course records are held by Atsedu Tsegay, who has the men's race record with 58:11 minutes, and Mercy Kibarus, who has the women's record with 1:07:58.[3]

A view of the calanques of Marseille

There are also two other races which complement the main competition: first organised in 1990, the "L'Autre Marseille-Cassis" (The Other Marseille-Cassis in English) is a mountain hike which negotiates the Massif des Calanques area. The second complementary competition is a racewalk, launched in 2006, which seeks to celebrate the sports festival through an alternative sporting means.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1979  Alain Angelvy (FRA) 1:15:54  Fabienne Rai (FRA) 1:34:45
2nd 1980  Jean-Michel Dirringer (FRA) 1:07:42  Fabienne Rai (FRA) 1:27:02
3rd 1981  Jean-Pierre Louvet (FRA) 1:07:56  Fabienne Rai (FRA) 1:22:30
4th 1982  Jean-Pierre Louvet (FRA) 1:07:56  Fabienne Rai (FRA) 1:31:00
5th 1983  Christophe Jalaguier (FRA) 1:07:56  P. Deneuville (FRA) 1:22:00
6th 1984  Jean-Pierre Louvet (FRA) 1:07:37  Roseline Vastine (FRA) 1:20:30
7th 1985  Tony Martins (FRA) 1:08:17  Frederique Voragen (FRA) 1:27:00
8th 1986  Tony Martins (FRA) 1:05:45  Fabienne Rai (FRA) 1:23:00
9th 1987  Nigel Adams (WAL) 1:04:20  Hassania Darami (MAR) 1:16:34
10th 1988  Michael Heilmann (FRG) 1:01:52  Hassania Darami (MAR) 1:16:49
11th 1989  Michael Heilmann (FRG) 1:03:21  Ceri Pritchard (WAL) 1:13:39
12th 1990  Tony Martins (FRA) 1:01:29  Ceri Pritchard (WAL) 1:12:57
13th 1991  Joseph Vibostok (TCH) 1:03:20  Heléna Barócsi (HUN) 1:11:23
14th 1992  Bruno Leger (FRA) 1:02:12  Olga Parluc (CIS) 1:13:19
15th 1993  Sammy Bitok (KEN) 1:02:55  Alena Peterková (CZE) 1:12:17
16th 1994  Bernard Mvuyekure (BDI) 1:01:13  Iulia Negura (ROU) 1:10:32
17th 1995  Laban Chege (KEN) 1:02:00  Marina Belyayeva (RUS) 1:12:54
18th 1996  Laban Chege (KEN) 1:00:54  Irina Kasakova (FRA) 1:11:00
19th 1997  John Gwako (KEN) 1:00:27  Alla Zhilyayeva (RUS) 1:10:34
20th 1998  Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 1:00:36  Ruth Kutol (KEN) 1:10:33
21st 1999  Phaustin Baha Sulle (TAN) 1:00:24  Berhane Adere (ETH) 1:09:45
22nd 2000  David Makori (KEN) 1:00:49  Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 1:08:30
23rd 2001  David Makori (KEN) 1:01:11  Magdaline Chemjor (KEN) 1:09:52
24th 2002  James Kwambai (KEN) 59:01  Banuelia Mrashani (TAN) 1:08:38
25th 2003  Paul Biwott (KEN) 1:00:01  Teyba Erkesso (ETH) 1:10:07
26th 2004  Lawrence Kiprotich (KEN) 1:02:13  Marina Ivanova (RUS) 1:12:08
27th 2005  William Chebon Chebor (KEN) 1:00:37  Fatiha Fauvel-Klilech (FRA) 1:12:50
28th 2006  John Kyalo (KEN) 1:00:36  Martha Komu (KEN) 1:12:34
29th 2007  Wilson Chebet (KEN) 59:24  Anne Bererwe (KEN) 1:09:58
30th 2008  Wilson Chebet (KEN) 1:00:00  Ines Chenonge (KEN) 1:09:39
31st 2009  Dieudonné Disi (RWA) 1:00:21  Meseret Mengistu (ETH) 1:10:35
32nd 2010  Philemon Limo (KEN) 1:01:35  Diane Chepkemoi (KEN) 1:10:36
33rd 2011  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 58:11  Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 1:08:23
34th 2012  Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 58:16  Mercy Kibarus (KEN) 1:07:58
35th[5] 2013  Mule Wasihum (ETH) 1:00:09  Josephine Chepkoech (KEN) 1:10:03
  • All winners information taken from official website[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vazel, P-J (2008-10-24). Can Disi, fastest in the field, wrest title from Kenyans in Marseille?. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-22.
  2. ^ Vazel, P-J (2009-10-22). Disi, the pre-race favourite in Marseille - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-22.
  3. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-10-30). Tsegay and Cheromei crush course records in Marseille-Cassis Classic. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  4. ^ a b Historique Il était une fois … (French). Marseille-Cassis. Retrieved on 2009-10-22.
  5. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2013-10-27). Chepkoech and Wasihum win tactical races at Marseille-Cassis 20km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-28.

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