Baringo Half Marathon

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Baringo Half Marathon
Sunset over Lake Baringo, Kenya - by Ferdinand Reus.jpg
The race takes place near Kenya's Lake Baringo
LocationBaringo, Kenya
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf marathon

The Baringo Half Marathon is an annual road running competition for men and women over the half marathon distance which takes place every December in Baringo, Kenya. The programme previously had a 15 kilometres race for women, but this was extended to a half marathon in 2011.[1]

The race was established in 2001 by Paul Tergat, a former marathon world record holder, who was born in the local area.[2] Tergat hoped that the race would unearth and nurture high quality runners in the area.[1] It tends to attract around 500 (mostly Kenyan) runners, among them a number of world-class road racing athletes.[3][4]

The course of the road race features many curves and multiple uphill and downhill sections.[5] Mubarak Hassan Shami became the first runner to defend the title,[3] and Agnes Kiprop became the first woman to win the competition twice consecutively. The race received greater commercial support in 2009, attracting sponsorship deals with Safaricom and the National Social Security Fund.[6] Around 300 runners took part in the 2010 men's half marathon race.[7]

The men's event was changed to a 20 kilometres road race in 2006 and 2007,[8][9] but it returned to its original half marathon format in 2008 with the 20 km races not considered to be within the editions of the race.[10]

Past winners[edit]

The 2007 women's winner, Peninah Arusei

Key:   20 km men's course   10 km women's course   15K women's course

Edition Year Men's half marathon winner Time (h:m:s) Women's 15 km winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2001 ? ? ? ?
2nd 2002[11]  Yusuf Songoka (KEN) 1:00:54  Irene Kosgei (KEN) 54:07
2003 Did not held
3rd 2004  James Yatich (KEN) ? ? ?
4th 2005  Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 1:01.57  Irene Kosgei (KEN) 52:49
5th 2006  Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 1:06.55  Caroline Kiptoo (KEN) 41:25.23
6th 2006  David Murkomen (KEN) 57:28  Joan Aiyabei (KEN) 50:08
7th 2007  Moses Kigen (KEN) 56:14  Peninah Arusei (KEN) 50:52
8th 2008  Vincent Loritam (KEN) 1:02:06.4  Agnes Kiprop (KEN) 50:55
9th 2009  Eric Ndiema (KEN) 1:02:13.8  Agnes Kiprop (KEN) 51:08.6
10th 2010  Robert Kipkorir (KEN) 1:02:25  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 50:25.9
11th 2011  Solomon Kiptoo (KEN) 1:02:23.1  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:10:57.1
12th 2012  Hosea Nailel (KEN) 1:02:32.5  Flomena Cheyech (KEN) 1:01:15.3
13th 2013[12]  Kenneth Kimeng'wa (KEN) 1:03:52  Agnes Kiprop (KEN) 1:13:43
14th 2014[13]  Josephat Kiprop (KEN) 1:01:24  Cynthia Limo (KEN) 1:10:06
2015 Did not held, only 10km race held.
15th 2016  Isaac Langat (KEN) 1:02:51  Edith Chelimo (KEN) 1:11:02
16th 2017  Isaac Langat (KEN) 1:01:47  Lucy Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:12:19


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  2. ^ Kenyan New Year road races provide few surprises. IAAF (2004-01-05). Retrieved on 2009-12-23.
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  9. ^ Macharia, David (2007-11-10). Kigen runs 56:14 for 20km in Kabarnet. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-22.
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