Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon

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Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon
Date November
Location Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 1997
Official site Semi-marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt

The Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon (French: Semi-marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt) is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance which takes place in November in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

The event was first organised in 1997 by the Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt. The race steadily increased in size in its first years, attaining 1000 entrants by 2000 and doubling this number three years later. The Fédération française d'athlétisme classed it as a national level race in 2006 and following the participation of 4000 runners from 26 countries, it was raised to international race status the following year.[1]

At the 2008 edition, Kenyan Nicholas Manza ran a race record time of 1:00:12 hours. A year later, Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado became the first woman to complete the distance in under one hour and ten minutes, setting the women's course record of 1:09:26 hours.[1] The 2011 race was the first run with IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status, marking it as one of the foremost races of its kind.[2]

The course for the race is a looped circuit that starts and finishes at the town hall. It follows a clockwise route along the river Seine, passing the Sèvres - Cité de la céramique, Pont de Saint-Cloud. It heads north towards the Longchamp Racecourse and has a short loop through the Bois de Boulogne, where it reaches the halfway mark. At this point the course loops back on itself and follows the Seine in a southerly direction until it finally ends up at the town hall finish point.[3]

Past winners[edit]

The 2001 women's champion Beatrice Omwanza went on to win the Paris Marathon in 2003.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1997  José Azede (FRA) 1:08:00  Éva Petrik (HUN) 1:19:41
2nd 1998  Sami M'Tougi (FRA) 1:07:38  Zoya Kaznovska (UKR) 1:21:03
3rd 1999  David Maina (KEN) 1:04:25  Faustine Keitany (KEN) 1:15:45
4th 2000  Wilson Onsare (KEN) 1:04:55  Olga Mitchourina (RUS) 1:15:15
5th 2001  Julius Maritim (KEN) 1:02:42  Beatrice Omwanza (KEN) 1:13:29
6th 2002  Isaac Macharia (KEN) 1:02:46  Magdaline Chemjor (KEN) 1:12:53
7th 2003  Luke Metto (KEN) 1:02:22  Elizabeth Mongudhi (NAM) 1:16:47
8th 2004  Duncan Kibet (KEN) 1:01:51  Sally Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:14:16
9th 2005  David Langat (KEN) 1:00:47  Meriem Wangari (KEN) 1:12:00
10th 2006  Jackson Matelong (KEN) 1:04:25  Eunice Orwaru (KEN) 1:15:18
11th 2007  Gideon Mitei (KEN) 1:02:37  Lydia Njeri (KEN) 1:13:27
12th 2008  Nicholas Kamakya (KEN) 1:00:12  Emily Rotich (KEN) 1:10:53
13th 2009  Samson Kiflemariam (ERI) 1:02:50  Firehiwot Dado (ETH) 1:09:26
14th 2010  Samsom Gebreyohannes (ERI) 1:03:01  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:11:01
15th 2011  Sentayehu Ejigu (ETH) 1:01:38  Goitetom Haftu (ETH) 1:10:57
16th 2012  Tesfaalem Gebrearegawi (ETH) 1:01:07  Tigist Kiros (ETH) 1:11:11
17th 2013  Franklin Chepkwony (KEN) 1:00:11  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:10:33
18th 2014  Yitayal Atnafu (ETH) 1:01:03  Bekelech Daba (ETH) 1:11:10
2015 Cancelled due to November 2015 Paris attacks[4]
19th 2016  Morris Gachaga (KEN) 1:02:04  Gebeyanesh Ayele (ETH) 1:10:21
20th 2017  Hiskel Tewelde (ERI) 1:01:13  Rahma Tusa (ETH) 1:08:29


  1. ^ a b Boulogne-Billancourt Half-Marathon History (archived). Semi-marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt. Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  2. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-11-21). Merga and Tesema prevail in Boulogne-Billancourt Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  3. ^ Course Archived November 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Semi-marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt. Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  4. ^ Semi-Marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt cancelled due to terrorist outrage

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