IAAF Road Race Label Events

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The official IAAF Road Race Label logos.

IAAF Road Race Label Events are races that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) designates as one of the "leading road races around the world."[1] The classification was first introduced for the 2008 running season, upon the suggestion of the IAAF Road Running Commission.[2] In that first year, only Gold and Silver Labels were awarded, and 49 races were recognised.[3] A third tier was introduced in 2010, entitled the Bronze Label,[4] and in 2015, 88 races were listed in total.[5] The races are split into three categories: marathons, half marathons and other. Within the "other" category are traditional road race distances, over which IAAF world records can be set, along with some "Classical races," which span unusual distances.[1]

The Labels are assessed and awarded each year. Race organisers have to apply to the IAAF for recognition, and show that their race can meet a number of criteria. The criteria vary for the different levels; Gold Labels have the strictest requirements, followed by Silver, then Bronze. All three categories require what the IAAF describes as an international elite field, that requires at least five nations (four for Bronze) to be represented by runners with times faster than the IAAF's guidelines. Additionally, the race course must be closed to vehicular traffic, and measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standard, with full electronic timing used to generate the results. The race must be organised in a way that minimizes ecological damage to the surrounding areas. A specified number of doping tests must be carried out, and prize money for the participants should be equal, irrespective of gender or nationality, though additional rewards can be given to runners from the host nation.[1]

The Labels are considered a "prestigious" award by race organisers,[6][7][8] and include the six marathon majors. In 2017, Japan had the most road race Label events, with 9, although the Czech Republic hosted the most Gold Label events, 7.[9] 3 races on the African continent received Label status in 2015.[5]


* Races that are also World Marathon Majors are highlighted in lavender blue, with an asterisk

Gold Label[edit]

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Xiamen International Marathon Marathon Xiamen  China January
Houston Half Marathon Half marathon Houston  United States January
Hong Kong Marathon Marathon Hong Kong  Hong Kong January
Dubai Marathon Marathon Dubai  United Arab Emirates January
Mumbai Marathon[10] Marathon Mumbai  India January
Osaka Women's Marathon Marathon Osaka  Japan January
Barcelona Half Marathon Half marathon Barcelona  Spain February
Seville Marathon[11] Marathon Seville  Spain February
Tokyo Marathon* Marathon Tokyo  Japan February
Lake Biwa Marathon Marathon Ōtsu  Japan March
Roma-Ostia Half Marathon Half marathon Rome  Italy March
Nagoya Women's Marathon Marathon Nagoya  Japan March
Lisbon Half Marathon Half marathon Lisbon  Portugal March
Seoul International Marathon Marathon Seoul  South Korea March
Chongqing International Marathon Marathon Chongqing  China March
Prague Half Marathon Half marathon Prague  Czech Republic April
Istanbul Half Marathon Half marathon Istanbul  Turkey April
Paris Marathon Marathon Paris  France April
Rotterdam Marathon Marathon Rotterdam  Netherlands April
Boston Marathon* Marathon Boston  United States April
Yangzhou Jianzhen Half Marathon Half marathon Yangzhou  China April
Vienna City Marathon Marathon Vienna  Austria April
Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon Half marathon Gifu  Japan April
London Marathon* Marathon London  United Kingdom April
Madrid Marathon Marathon Madrid  Spain April
Yellow River Estuary Marathon Marathon Dongying  China May
Prague Marathon Marathon Prague  Czech Republic May
Riga Marathon Marathon Riga  Latvia May
Karlovy Vary Half Marathon Half marathon Karlovy Vary  Czech Republic May
Ottawa Marathon Marathon Ottawa  Canada May
Ottawa 10K 10 km Ottawa  Canada May
World 10K Bengaluru 10 km Bengaluru  India May
České Budějovice Half Marathon Half marathon České Budějovice  Czech Republic June
Lanzhou Marathon Marathon Lanzhou  China June
Olomouc Half Marathon Half marathon Olomouc  Czech Republic June
Gold Coast Marathon Marathon Gold Coast  Australia July
Bogotá Half Marathon Half marathon Bogotá  Colombia July
Mexico City Marathon Marathon Mexico City  Mexico August
Prague Grand Prix 10 km Prague  Czech Republic September
Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon Half marathon Ústí nad Labem  Czech Republic September
Berlin Marathon* Marathon Berlin  Germany September
Copenhagen Half Marathon Half marathon Copenhagen  Denmark September
Beijing Marathon Marathon Beijing  China September
Sydney Marathon Marathon Sydney  Australia September
Cape Town Marathon Marathon Cape Town  South Africa September
Chicago Marathon* Marathon Chicago  United States October
Ljubljana Marathon Marathon Ljubljana  Slovenia October
Portugal Half Marathon Half marathon Lisbon  Portugal October
Toronto Waterfront Marathon Marathon Toronto  Canada October
Amsterdam Marathon Marathon Amsterdam  Netherlands October
Delhi Half Marathon Half marathon New Delhi  India October
Frankfurt Marathon Marathon Frankfurt am Main  Germany October
Valencia Half Marathon Half marathon Valencia  Spain October
New York City Marathon* Marathon New York City  United States November
Istanbul Marathon Marathon Istanbul  Turkey November
Shanghai Marathon Marathon Shanghai  China November
Fukuoka Marathon Marathon Fukuoka  Japan December
Valencia Marathon Marathon Valencia  Spain December
Singapore Marathon Marathon Singapore  Singapore December
Guangzhou Marathon Marathon Guangzhou  China December

Silver Label[edit]

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Houston Marathon Marathon Houston  United States January
Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon Half marathon Marugame  Japan February
New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon Marathon New Taipei City  Taiwan March
Daegu Marathon Marathon Daegu  South Korea April
Milano Marathon Marathon Milano  Italy April
Rome Marathon Marathon Rome  Italy April
Hannover Marathon Marathon Hannover  Germany April
Orlen Warsaw Marathon Marathon Warsaw  Poland April
Okpekpe 10km 10 km Okpekpe  Nigeria May
Taiyuan Marathon Marathon Taiyuan  China September
Minsk Half Marathon Half marathon Minsk  Belarus September
Dam tot Damloop 10 miles Amsterdam  Netherlands September
Hengshui Lake Marathon Marathon Hengshui  China September
Cardiff Half Marathon Half marathon Cardiff  United Kingdom October
Košice Peace Marathon Marathon Košice  Slovakia October
Les 20 KM de Paris 20 km Paris  France October
Lisbon Marathon Marathon Lisbon  Portugal October
Marseille Cassis 20 km Marseille  France October
Hangzhou Marathon Marathon Hangzhou  China November
Beirut Marathon Marathon Beirut  Lebanon November
Saitama International Marathon Marathon Saitama  Japan November
Shenzhen Marathon Marathon Shenzhen  China November
Corrida de Houilles 10 km Houilles  France December
San Silvestre Vallecana 10 km Madrid  Spain December

Bronze Label[edit]

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Lagos City Marathon Marathon Lagos  Nigeria February
Guadalajara Half Marathon Half marathon Guadalajara  Mexico February
Barcelona Marathon Marathon Barcelona  Spain March
Gdynia Half Marathon Half marathon Gdynia  Poland March
Warsaw Half Marathon Half marathon Warsaw  Poland March
Pyongyang Marathon Marathon Pyongyang  North Korea April
Łódź Marathon Marathon Łódź  Poland April
Cracovia Maraton Marathon Kraków  Poland April
Nagano Marathon Marathon Nagano  Japan April
Kyiv Half Marathon Half marathon Kiev  Ukraine April
Geneva Marathon Marathon Geneva   Switzerland May
Dalian Marathon Marathon Dalian  China May
Corrida de Langueux 10 km Langueux  France June
Vidovdan 10K 10 km Brčko  Bosnia and Herzegovina June
Buenos Aires Marathon Marathon Buenos Aires  Argentina September
Warsaw Marathon Marathon Warsaw  Poland September
Bucharest Marathon Marathon Bucharest  Romania October
Poznan Marathon Marathon Poznan  Poland October
Venice Marathon Marathon Venice  Italy October
Porto Marathon Marathon Porto  Portugal November
French Riviera Marathon Marathon Nice  France November
Guadalajara Marathon Marathon Guadalajara  Mexico November
Hefei Marathon Marathon Hefei  China November
Kobe Marathon Marathon Kobe  Japan November
Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon Half marathon Boulogne-Billancourt  France November
Florence Marathon Marathon Florence  Italy November
10K Valencia 10 km Valencia  Spain December
Marathon du Gabon Marathon Libreville  Gabon December
Mersin Marathon Marathon Mersin  Turkey December
Kolkata 25k 25 km Kolkata  India December
Bangsaen21 Half Marathon Half marathon Chonburi  Thailand December

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "IAAF Road Race Labels: Regulations 2014" (PDF). International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "IAAF awards Gold and Silver Labels for Road Races". IAAF. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Calendar: 2008". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Calendar: 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Calendar: 2014". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "EMF Awarded IAAF Bronze". Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Three Indian road races get IAAF 'Gold Label'". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Vienna City Marathon receives IAAF Road Race Gold Label". Vienna City Marathon. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Calendar, Gold labels: 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Calendar | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ "El maratón de Sevilla logra la «Etiqueta Oro» y se coloca entre las mejores carreras del planeta". ABC de Sevilla Newspaper. Retrieved 28 September 2017.


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