Vienna City Marathon

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Top athletes approaching starting line. In background: Vienna International Center.
President Heinz Fischer at 2004 awards ceremony

The Vienna City Marathon is an annual marathon race over the classic distance of 42.195 km held in Vienna, Austria since 1984. The first edition was held on March 25, 1984 with a total of 794 competitors. It is Austria's largest road running event and the 2010 edition had record participation with 32,940 runners from 108 nations taking part in the day's races.[1]

The route starts at the Vienna International Centre, traverses the Reichsbrücke and the traffic junction Praterstern on the left side of the Danube channel, then runs alongside the Ringstraße until reaching the Vienna State Opera. After crossing the left bank of the Wien river on Wienzeile to the Schönbrunn Palace, the route goes back to the Heldenplatz (via the Mariahilferstraße) where the half-marathon finishes. The full-marathon runners, however, are continuing past the Rathaus to the Alsergrund and to Friedensbrücke, crossing the Reichsbrücke once more to reach the Prater again. After having passed the Ernst-Happel-Stadion and the Lusthaus, the route leads over the Franzensbrücke to the Ringstraße where the runners reach the finish at the Heldenplatz.

The race day's events also include a marathon team relay event, a 4.2 km fun run and a half marathon. In 2011, Haile Gebrselassie ran the fastest ever time on Austrian soil for the distance.[2] The 2012 edition saw Haile and Paula Radcliffe engage in a novel half marathon race, with Radcliffe receiving a head start 7:52 minutes (the difference between the two athletes personal bests). The Ethiopian easily won race.[3]

Winners[edit]

Key:       Course record       Austrian championship race

Marathon[edit]

Henry Sugut (Nr.1) 'enroute' in 2013.
Flomena Cheyech (F10), 2013.
Abel Kirui celebrating his 2008 victory
Date Men's race Time (h:m:s) Women's race Time (h:m:s)
April 13, 2014  Getu Feleke (ETH) 2:05:41  Anna Hahner (GER) 2:28:59
April 14, 2013  Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:08:19  Flomena Cheyech (KEN) 2:24:34
April 15, 2012  Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:06:58  Fate Tola (ETH) 2:26:39
April 17, 2011  John Kiprotich (KEN) 2:08:29  Fate Tola (ETH) 2:26:21
April 18, 2010  Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:08:40  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 2:31:08
April 19, 2009  Gilbert Kirwa (KEN) 2:08:21  Andrea Mayr (AUT) 2:30:43
April 27, 2008  Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:38  Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 2:26:43
April 29, 2007  Luke Kibet (KEN) 2:10:07  Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 2:32:21
May 7, 2006  Lahoussine Mrikik (MAR) 2:08:20  Tomo Morimoto (JPN) 2:24:33
May 22, 2005  Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 2:12:20  Florence Barsosio (KEN) 2:31:40
May 16, 2004  Samson Kandie (KEN) 2:08:35  Rosaria Console (ITA) 2:29:22
May 25, 2003  Joseph Chebet (KEN) 2:14:49  Lucilla Andreucci (ITA) 2:35:32
May 26, 2002  Moses Tanui (KEN) 2:10:25  Lyudmyla Pushkina (UKR) 2:32:03
May 20, 2001  Luís Novo (POR) 2:10:28  Jane Salumäe (EST) 2:30:00
May 21, 2000  Willy Cheruiyot Kipkirui (KEN) 2:08:48  Maura Viceconte (ITA) 2:23:47
May 30, 1999  Andrew Eyapan (KEN) 2:11:41  Florina Pana (ROM) 2:34:26
May 24, 1998  Moges Taye (ETH) 2:09:21  Irina Kazakova (FRA) 2:35:09
May 25, 1997  Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) 2:12:53  Tatyana Polovinskaya (UKR) 2:30:50
April 14, 1996  Dube Jillo (ETH) 2:12:51  Aurica Buia (ROM) 2:31:39
April 23, 1995  Piotr Prusik (POL) 2:15:23  Helena Javornik (SLO) 2:36:30
April 10, 1994  Joaquim Silva (POR) 2:10:42  Sissel Grottenberg (NOR) 2:36:17
April 18, 1993  Carlos Patricio (POR) 2:11:00  Bente Moe (NOR) 2:38:21
April 26, 1992  Karel David (TCH) 2:13:41  Pascaline Wangui (KEN) 2:40:50
April 14, 1991  Karel David (TCH) 2:12:25  Ľudmila Melicherová (TCH) 2:37:14
April 22, 1990  Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:09:28  Ľudmila Melicherová (TCH) 2:33:19
April 16, 1989  Alfredo Shahanga (TAN) 2:10:28  Christa Vahlensieck (FRG) 2:34:47
April 10, 1988  Mirko Vindiš (YUG) 2:17:25  Glynis Penny (GBR) 2:36:49
April 5, 1987  Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:16:10  Carina Weber-Leutner (AUT) 2:40:57
April 13, 1986  Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:12:22  Birgit Lennartz (FRG) 2:38:31
March 31, 1985  Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:14:59  Yelena Tsukhlo (URS) 2:39:01
March 25, 1984  Antoni Niemczak (POL) 2:12:17  Renate Kieninger (FRG) 2:47:32

Half marathon[edit]

Year Men's race Time (h:m:s) Women's race Time (h:m:s)
2014  Mick Clohisey (IRE) 1:06:30  Andrea Mayr (AUT) 1:13:46
2013  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:01:14  Tanith Maxwell (RSA) 1:17:17
2012  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:00:52  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:12:03
2011  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:00:18  Cristina Fruzmuz (ROU) 1:15:43
2010  Rudi Brunner (ITA) 1:09:14  Esther Erb (USA) 1:17:30
2009  Manfred Heit (AUT) 1:11:45  Catherine Wilding (GBR) 1:24:21
2008  Thomas Langer (GER) 1:12:00  Alina-Adriana Istudor (ROU) 1:18:55
2007  Florian Prüller (AUT) 1:07:13  Daniela Cirlan (ROU) 1:16:11
2006  Hermann Achmüller (ITA) 1:07:57  Kate Allen (AUT) 1:14:24
2005  Roman Weger (AUT) 1:08:40  Susanne Pumper (AUT) 1:13:20

References[edit]

List of winners

External links[edit]