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Panorama Bolzano.jpg
A panorama of Bolzano's town centre where the race takes place
Date 31 December
Location Bolzano, Italy
Event type Road
Distance 10 kilometres (men)
5 kilometres (women)
Established 1975
Official site

The BOclassic is an annual road running competition over the distance of 10 kilometres for men and 5 kilometres for women. It is held on New Year's Eve in Bolzano, Italy.[1] The competition has only elite races, competed between a limited number of runners, but over 10,000 spectators gather in the streets each year to witness the race. The race has been broadcast live on television by Italian channel Rai Sport Più.[2]

It was first held in 1975 under the title Corsa Internazionale di San Silvestro – inspired by the Saint Silvester Road Race in Brazil, it was the first European New Year's Eve road race (Silvesterlauf).[3] After nine editions as a 13 km race, the men's race settled on its 10 km format. A women's competition was included in the programme from 1977 onwards and it has been a 5 km race since 1987.[4] The Corsa Internazionale di San Silvestro changed its name in 1996: race president Kurt Putzer renamed it the BOclassic.[5]

The course is in the centre of the town of Bolzano. It is a looped circuit, starting at Walther Square and heading west on Via della Mostra before turning onto Via Goethe and Via del Portici. The route then heads southwards along Via Laurin before looping back on itself to follow along Vaile della Stazione back to the starting point.[6]

Past male competitors have included multiple European champion Serhiy Lebid, Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini while women such as World Half Marathon Champions Tegla Loroupe and Berhane Adere have won the women's section.[7] The 2011 edition featured three reigning world champions in Vivian Cheruiyot, Imane Merga and Wilson Kiprop.[8]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1975  Anton Gorbunow (GER) 39:59 Not held N/A
2nd 1976  Günter Zahn (GER) 39:30 Not held N/A
3rd 1977  Patriz Ilg (GER) 38:33  Heide Brenner (GER) 47:45
4th 1978  Dietmar Millonig (AUT) 38:46  Heide Brenner (GER) 46:25
5th 1979  Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand (GER) 39:09  Päivi Roppo (FIN) 22:46
6th 1980  Christoph Herle (GER) 38:32  Ellen Wessinghage (GER) 21:11
7th 1981  Christoph Herle (GER) 38:48  Mathilde Heuing (GER) 22:28
8th 1982  Emiel Puttemans (BEL) 38:03  Christiane Finke (GER) 22:54
9th 1983  Alex Hagelsteens (BEL) 37:45  Ellen Wessinghage (GER) 21:34
10th 1984  Alex Hagelsteens (BEL) 29:10  Birgit-Maria Schmidt (GER) 17:03
11th 1985  Alberto Cova (ITA) 29:31  Cristina Tomasini (ITA) 14:54
12th 1986  Pierre Délèze (SUI) 29:25  Vera Michallek (GER) 14:54
13th 1987  Fethi Baccouche (TUN) 28:46  Elly van Hulst (NED) 16:02
14th 1988  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 28:34  Maria Curatolo (ITA) 15:54
15th 1989  Ezequiel Canario (POR) 28:27  Elly van Hulst (NED) 16:11
16th 1990  Stephenson Nyamu (KEN) 28:38  Uta Pippig (GER) 16:04
17th 1991  Philemon Hanneck (ZIM) 28:02  Kathrin Weßel (GER) 15:34
18th 1992  Jonah Koech (KEN) 28:25  Lyudmila Borisova (RUS) 16:05
19th 1993  Addis Abebe (ETH) 28:43  Lyudmila Borisova (RUS) 16:01
20th 1994  Shem Kororia (KEN) 28:33  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 15:49
21st 1995  Shem Kororia (KEN) 28:19  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 15:49
22nd 1996  Daniel Komen (KEN) 28:37  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 16:14
23rd 1997  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 28:08  Berhane Adere (ETH) 16:02
24th 1998  Paul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN) 28:10  Merima Denboba (ETH) 15:44
25th 1999  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 28:24  Gete Wami (ETH) 15:50
26th 2000  John Cheruiyot Korir (KEN) 28:27  Merima Denboba (ETH) 16:08
27th 2001  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 28:41.5  Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 16:26.4
28th 2002  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 29:02  Berhane Adere (ETH) 15:50.6
29th 2003  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 28:36  Berhane Adere (ETH) 15:49.9
30th 2004  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 28:23.1  Berhane Adere (ETH) 16:14.7
31st 2005  Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) 28:38.9  Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 15:53.6
32nd 2006  Abderrahim Goumri (MAR) 28:34.0  Anikó Kálovics (HUN) 15:44.6
33rd 2007  Edwin Soi (KEN) 28:50.7  Sylvia Kibet (KEN) 16:01.6
34th 2008  Edwin Soi (KEN) 28:55.5  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 15:59.7
35th 2009  Edwin Soi (KEN) 28:44.3  Sule Utura (ETH) 16:11.4
36th 2010  Imane Merga (ETH) 28:32  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:52
37th 2011  Edwin Soi (KEN) 28:16  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 16:03
38th 2012  Imane Merga (ETH) 29:12  Sylvia Kibet (KEN) 16:21
39th 2013  Imane Merga (ETH) 28:43  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 16:00
40th 2014  Edris Awel Muktar (ETH) 29:07.1  Janet Kisa (KEN) 15:49.4
41st 2015  Tamirat Tola (ETH) 28:29  Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 15:58
42nd 2016  Muktar Edris (ETH) 28:52  Agnes Tirop (KEN) 15:44
  • NB: The race course distances varied in the early years of the competition but the men's distance settled at 10 km from 1984 onwards and the women's race has been a 5K run since 1987.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-01-01). Three-peat for Soi in Bolzano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-20.
  2. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-12-31). Soi and Kibet at the double? Boclassic preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-20.
  3. ^ The legend begins. BOclassic. Retrieved on 2010-01-03.
  4. ^ a b Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (2009-01-05). Corsa Internazionale di San Silvestro. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-01-03.
  5. ^ Sapevi che... (in Italian). BOclassic. Retrieved on 2010-01-03.
  6. ^ BOclassic Parcours 2010. BOclassic. Retrieved on 2010-05-20.
  7. ^ BOclassic as New Year's Eve blast. BOclassic. Retrieved on 2010-05-20.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-01-01). Soi and Cheruiyot take thrillers in Bolzano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-01-02.

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