Runners in the 2008 New York City Half Marathon
|World||Zersenay Tadese 58.23 (2010)|
|World||Joyciline Jepkosgei 1:04:52 (2017)|
A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) – half the distance of a marathon. Participation in half marathons has grown steadily since 2003, partly due to the fact that it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon does. In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest growing type of race. A 2010 article by Universal Sports mentioned the growing popularity of the distance. It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts. If finisher medals are awarded, the medal or ribbon may differ from those for the full marathon. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.
A half marathon world record is officially recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The official IAAF world record for men is 58:23, set by Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea on March 21, 2010 at the Lisbon half marathon in Portugal, and for women is 1:04:52, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya on April 1, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic.[Note 1]
All-time top 25
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 59:06:
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:06:41:
Largest number of participants
The largest half marathon ever held was Broloppet (the Bridge race) between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden with 79,719 finishers, held in connection with the Öresund Bridge inauguration in 2000.
- List of half marathon races
- IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
- Mini marathon
- Quarter marathon
- Half marathon world record progression
- USATF: Course Measurement and Certification Procedures
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- Bridge Race 2000
- Broloppstider på nätet - men inga placeringar
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