Valencia Half Marathon

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Valencia Half Marathon
Date October
Location Valencia, Spain
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 1991 (2006 as half marathon)
Official site Medio Maratón de Valencia

The Valencia Half Marathon (Spanish: Medio Maratón de Valencia) is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance (21.1 km or 13.1 miles) that takes place in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is organised by the S.D. Correcaminos Valencia sports club, which also organises the annual Valencia Marathon.[1]

The event was first held in 1991 as a race over 20 kilometres known as the 20 kilómetros Ciudad de Valencia and this continued each May up to 2005.[2][3][4] From 2006 onwards, the competition was extended slightly to become a half marathon. The change coincided with a growth in the number of participants and a higher standard o elite level competition. A record 9328 runners from over 10,300 entrants finished the race in October 2013.[5]

The race attracts top level elite competitors from Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco, as well as runners from the host country Spain. The course records for the half marathon are 59:30 minutes for the men's race (set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2009) and 68:15 minutes for the women's race (set by Joyce Chepkirui in 2013).[6] The latter time is the women's all-comers record for the event in Spain, while the men's record is four seconds behind the Spanish soil best.[7][8][9]

Past winners[edit]

Ethiopia's Ashu Kasim set the women's 20K course best of 1:09:30 hours.
Boston and New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai holds the men's course record of 59:30 minutes.

Key:       Course record

20K[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
11th 2001  Julio Rey (ESP) 1:01:43  Teresa Gracia (ESP) 1:25:36
12th 2002  Julio Rey (ESP) 59:46  Margareth Iro (TAN) 1:11:08
13th 2003  El Houssine Essemaali (MAR) 1:02:39  Sandra Ruales (ECU) 1:11:09
14th 2004  Sawel Kalia (KEN) 1:01:33  Gladys Cherono (KEN) 1:10:28
15th 2005  Abdellatif Meftah (MAR) 1:00:46  Ashu Kasim (ETH) 1:09:30

Half marathon[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
16th 2006  Edwin Kibet Koech (KEN) 1:02:48  Joan Jepkorir Aiyabei (KEN) 1:12:48
17th 2007  Peter Korir (KEN) 1:02:24  Joan Jepkorir Aiyabei (KEN) 1:11:16
18th 2008  Jacob Kiplagat Yator (KEN) 1:01:32  Sarah Kerubo (KEN) 1:15:18
19th 2009  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 59:30  Beatrice Jepchumba (KEN) 1:15:31
20th 2010  John Nzau Mwangangi (KEN) 1:01:10  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:09:25
21st 2011  John Nzau Mwangangi (KEN) 59:45  Malika Asahssah (MAR) 1:10:26
22nd 2012  Joel Kemboi Kimurer (KEN) 59:36  Alice Kemunto Mogire (KEN) 1:09:57
23rd 2013  Jacob Kibet Chulyo Kendagor (KEN) 59:58  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:08:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ 23º MEDIO MARATÓN VALENCIA TRINIDAD ALFONSO. S.D. Correcaminos. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  2. ^ Toques varios (Spanish). La Nación (2004). Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  3. ^ XIV 20KM “CIUDAD DE VALENCIA”. RFEA. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  4. ^ XXIII Medio Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso 2013. RFEA. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  5. ^ La media maratón bate dos de sus tres récords. El Mundo (2013-10-20). Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  6. ^ Winners. Media Maraton Valencia. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  7. ^ All-Comers Records- Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  8. ^ Valencia Half Marathon - Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai - winner in 59:30. German Road Races (2009-11-24). Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  9. ^ Botella, Juan Manuel (2009-11-22). Mutai (59:30) y Kiprotich (59:33) convierten a Valencia en una de las once ciudades más rápidas del mundo para correr Medio Maratón (Spanish). RFEA. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.

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