Half marathon

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Half marathon
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Runners in the 2008 New York City Half Marathon
Men's records
World Eritrea Zersenay Tadese 58.23 (2010)
Women's records
World Kenya 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.[1] Participation in half marathons has grown steadily since 2003,[2] partly due to the fact that it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon does.[2] In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest growing type of race.[2] A 2010 article by Universal Sports mentioned the growing popularity of the distance.[2][3] 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.[4][5] 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,[4] and for women is 1:04:52, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya on April 1, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic.[6][Note 1]

All-time top 25[edit]

  • Correct as of April 2017.[7][8]

Season's bests[edit]

Runners taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon

This table lists the best half marathon performances per year since 1970, as recorded by the ARRS.[9]

Year Mark Men Place Mark Women Place
1970 !!!!!1:03:53 1:03:53  Derek Graham (GBR) Belfast
1971 !!!!!1:05:25 1:05:25  Ron Hill (GBR) Freckleton !!!!!1:23:56 1:23:56  Kathy Gibbons (USA) Phoenix
1972 !!!!!1:04:23 1:04:23  Víctor Manuel Mora (COL) Coamo !!!!!1:31:55 1:31:55  Nadia Garcia (USA) San Diego
1973 !!!!!1:05:07 1:05:07  Mario Cuevas (MEX) Maracaibo
1974 !!!!!1:04:45 1:04:45  Vladimir Merkushin (URS) Wieze !!!!!1:23:11 1:23:11  Chantal Langlacé (FRA) Ay
1975 !!!!!1:05:08 1:05:08  Paul Angenvoorth (FRG) Grevenmacher
1976 !!!!!1:03:46 1:03:46  Juan Rafael Perez (CRC) Coamo !!!!!1:29:43 1:29:43  Rita Borralho (POR) Nazaré
1977 !!!!!1:02:37 1:02:37  Toshihiro Matsumoto (JPN) Beppu !!!!!1:22:05 1:22:05  Silvana Cruciata (ITA) Milan
1978 !!!!!1:02:47 1:02:47  Tony Simmons (GBR) Welwyn Garden City !!!!!1:15:04 1:15:04  Marty Cooksey (USA) San Diego
1979 !!!!!1:02:32 1:02:32  Kirk Pfeffer (USA) Las Vegas !!!!!1:14:03 1:14:03  Patti Catalano (USA) Manchester
1980 !!!!!1:02:16 1:02:16  Stan Mavis (USA) New Orleans !!!!!1:13:59 1:13:59  Marja Wokke (NED) Den Haag
1981 !!!!!1:01:47 1:01:47  Herb Lindsay (USA) Manchester !!!!!1:11:16 1:11:16  Joan Samuelson (USA) San Diego
1982 !!!!!1:01:36 1:01:36  Michael Musyoki (KEN) Philadelphia !!!!!1:09:57 1:09:57  Grete Waitz (NOR) Gothenburg
1983 !!!!!1:01:32 1:01:32  Paul Cummings (USA) Dayton !!!!!1:09:10 1:09:10  Joan Samuelson (USA) Philadelphia
1984 !!!!!1:01:52 1:01:52  Alberto Cova (ITA) Milan !!!!!1:08:34 1:08:34  Joan Samuelson (USA) Philadelphia
1985 !!!!!1:00:55 1:00:55  Mark Curp (USA) Philadelphia !!!!!1:09:44 1:09:44  Joan Samuelson (USA) Philadelphia
1986 !!!!!1:00:43 1:00:43  Michael Musyoki (KEN) South Shields !!!!!1:09:03 1:09:03  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) Drammen
1987 !!!!!1:01:04 1:01:04  Carl Thackery (GBR) Barnsley !!!!!1:06:40 1:06:40  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) Sandnes
1988 !!!!!1:01:00 1:01:00  John Treacy (IRL) South Shields !!!!!1:08:49 1:08:49  Grete Waitz (NOR) South Shields
1989 !!!!!1:01:10 1:01:10  Matthews Temane (RSA) Durban !!!!!1:08:31 1:08:31  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) New Bedford
1990 !!!!!1:00:34 1:00:34  Steve Moneghetti (AUS) South Shields !!!!!1:09:33 1:09:33  Rosa Mota (POR) South Shields
1991 !!!!!1:00:51 1:00:51  Moses Tanui (KEN) Milan !!!!!1:07:59 1:07:59  Elana Meyer (RSA) East London
1992 !!!!!1:00:24 1:00:24  Benson Masya (KEN) South Shields !!!!!1:08:42 1:08:42  Liz McColgan (GBR) Dundee
1993 !!!!!!!59:47 59:47  Moses Tanui (KEN) Milan[Note 2] !!!!!1:09:35 1:09:35  Valentina Yegorova (RUS) St Petersburg
1994 !!!!!1:00:02 1:00:02  Benson Masya (KEN) South Shields !!!!!1:07:59 1:07:59  Uta Pippig (GER) Kyoto
1995 !!!!!1:00:26 1:00:26  Simon Lopuyet (KEN) Lisbon !!!!!1:07:59 1:07:59  Uta Pippig (GER) Kyoto
1996 !!!!!1:00:31 1:00:31  Paul Koech (KEN) Ivry-sur-Seine !!!!!1:09:15 1:09:15  Nadia Prasad (NCL) Paris
1997 !!!!!!!59:56 59:56  Shem Kororia (KEN) Košice !!!!!1:07:36 1:07:36  Elana Meyer (RSA) Kyoto
1998 !!!!!!!59:17 59:17  Paul Tergat (KEN) Milan !!!!!1:07:29 1:07:29  Elana Meyer (RSA) Kyoto
1999 !!!!!!!59:22 59:22  Paul Tergat (KEN) Milan !!!!!1:06:44 1:06:44  Elana Meyer (RSA) Tokyo
2000 !!!!!1:00:30 1:00:30  Kenichi Takahashi (JPN) Tokyo !!!!!1:07:07 1:07:07  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) South Shields
2001 !!!!!!!59:52 59:52  Fabián Roncero (ESP) Berlin !!!!!1:06:47 1:06:47  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) Bristol
2002 !!!!!!!59:41 59:41  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) Lisbon !!!!!1:07:19 1:07:19  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) South Shields
2003 !!!!!1:00:01 1:00:01  Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) South Shields !!!!!1:05:39 1:05:39  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) South Shields
2004 !!!!!!!59:37 59:37  Dejene Berhanu (ETH) South Shields !!!!!1:07:55 1:07:55  Benita Johnson (AUS) South Shields
2005 !!!!!!!59:05 59:05  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) South Shields !!!!!1:07:33 1:07:33  Derartu Tulu (ETH) South Shields
2006 !!!!!!!58:55 58:55  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) Tempe !!!!!1:07:16 1:07:16  Edith Masai (KEN) Berlin
2007 !!!!!!!58:35 58:35  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) The Hague !!!!!1:06:25 1:06:25  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Udine
2008 !!!!!!!59:15 59:15  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
 Deriba Merga (ETH)
Lisbon
New Delhi
!!!!!1:07:57 1:07:57  Philes Ongori (KEN) Marugame
2009 !!!!!!!58:52 58:52  Patrick Makau (KEN) Ras al-Khaimah !!!!!1:06:36 1:06:36  Mary Keitany (KEN) Birmingham
2010 !!!!!!!58:23 58:23  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Lisbon !!!!!1:07:07 1:07:07  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) Ras al-Khaimah
2011 !!!!!!!58:30 58:30  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Lisbon !!!!!1:05:50 1:05:50[10]  Mary Keitany (KEN) Ras al-Khaimah
2012[11] !!!!!!!58:47 58:47  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) Prague !!!!!1:06:49 1:06:49  Mary Keitany (KEN) Ras al-Khaimah
2013 !!!!!!!58:54 58:54  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) Ras al-Khaimah !!!!!1:06:09 1:06:09  Lucy Kabuu (KEN) Ras al-Khaimah
2014 !!!!!!!58:48 58:48[12]  Abraham Cheroben (KEN) Valencia !!!!!1:05:12 1:05:12[12]  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) Barcelona
2015 59:10  Abraham Cheroben (KEN) Valencia 1:05:09  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) Barcelona
2016 58:44  Solomon Yego (KEN) Ostia 1:05:51  Violah Jepchumba (KEN) Prague
2017

Largest number of participants[edit]

In 2014, the largest half marathon in the world was the Göteborgsvarvet, also known as the Gothenburg half marathon, in Sweden with 64,288 announced runners and 47,491 finishers.[13]

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.[14][15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pending ratification on February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Published in IAAF documents, including IAAF top lists. The ARRS has suggested that the Stramilano half marathon course might have been short in 1993 and lists the best time for 1993 as 1:00:15 by Moses Tanui from Kenya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ USATF: Course Measurement and Certification Procedures
  2. ^ a b c d Hanc, John (July 24, 2008). "Sometimes Half Is Better Than Whole". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ Monti, David (May 20, 2010). "Half the distance, twice the fun: Half-marathons taking off". Universal Sports. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Records by discipline: Men's outdoor half marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Records by discipline: Women's outdoor half marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  6. ^ Tim Hutchings (10 February 2017). "Jepchirchir breaks world half marathon record in Ras al-Khaimah". IAAF. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "All-time men's best Half Marathon". IAAF. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "All-time women's best Half Marathon". IAAF. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Yearly Ranking Leaders: Half Marathon". ARRS. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  10. ^ "Keitany smashes half marathon world record in Ras Al Khaimah". IAAF. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Year 2012 Performances: Half Marathon". ARRS. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  12. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko; Julin, Lennart (December 29, 2014). "2014 end-of-year reviews - Road running". IAAF. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Bridge Race 2000
  15. ^ Broloppstider på nätet - men inga placeringar

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