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World Athletics Label Road Races
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The official IAAF Road Race Label logos
SportRoad running
Founded2008
ContinentGlobal

World Athletics Label Road Races are races that the World Athletics (until 2019: 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] The races are split into three categories: marathons, half marathons and other. Within the "other" category are traditional road race distances, over which World Athletics world records can be set, along with some "Classical races", which span unusual distances.[1] The Labels are considered a prestigious award by race organisers,[3][4][5] and include the six World Marathon Majors.

In the first year, only Gold and Silver Labels were awarded, and 49 races were recognised.[6] A third tier was introduced in 2010, entitled the Bronze Label,[7] and in 2015, 88 races were listed in total.[8]

In October 2018, the IAAF announced to introduced the Platinum Label for the 2020 season.[9] For the 2021, the Platinum Label was renamed Elite Platinum Label, the Gold Label was renamed Elite Label, and the Silver and Bronze Labels were merged into Label Races.

The Labels are assessed and awarded each year. Race organisers have to apply to the World Athletics 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 World Athletics 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 World Athletics'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]

In 2017, Japan had the most road race Label events, with 9, although the Czech Republic hosted the most Gold Label events, 7.[10] 3 races on the African continent received Label status in 2015.[8]

Editions[edit]

Edition Year Start date End date Races Platinum Gold Silver Bronze Marathons Half marathons 10K Other dist. Ref.
1 2008 5 January 7 December 49 N/A 12 37 N/A 32 8 6 3 [11]
2 2009 3 January 31 December 49 N/A 19 30 N/A 34 8 5 2 [12]
3 2010 2 January 31 December 57 N/A 24 24 9 35 10 9 3 [13]
4 2011 2 January 31 December 65 N/A 26 25 14 39 13 9 4 [14]
5 2012 7 January 31 December 71 N/A 35 21 15 44 14 10 4 [15]
6 2013 5 January 31 December 74 N/A 36 21 17 46 12 11 5 [16]
7 2014 2 January 31 December 80 N/A 38 24 18 50 16 10 4 [17]
8 2015 3 January 31 December 88 N/A 43 27 18 55 18 10 5 [18]
9 2016 2 January 31 December 88 N/A 44 17 27 59 19 8 2 [19]
10 2017 2 January 31 December 103 N/A 50 20 33 68 23 9 3 [20]
11 2018 7 January 31 December 114 N/A 56 26 32 75 26 9 4 [21]
12 2019 6 January 31 December 138 N/A 64 25 49 88 28 15 7 [22]
13 2020 5 January 31 December 48 5 23 7 13 31 11 5 1 [23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "IAAF Road Race Labels: Regulations 2014" (PDF). International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "IAAF awards Gold and Silver Labels for Road Races". IAAF. 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ "EMF Awarded IAAF Bronze". Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Three Indian road races get IAAF 'Gold Label'". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Vienna City Marathon receives IAAF Road Race Gold Label". Vienna City Marathon. 19 September 2011. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Calendar: 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 9 August 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Calendar: 2010". IAAF. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Calendar: 2014". IAAF. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ IAAF release new regulations and launch Platinum Label for road races Archived 6 September 2019 at the Wayback Machine - Florence Almond, Inside the Games, 8 October 2018
  10. ^ "Calendar, Gold labels: 2017". IAAF. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  11. ^ Calendar 2008 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 2 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  12. ^ Calendar 2009 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 22 September 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  13. ^ Calendar 2010 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 3 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  14. ^ Calendar 2011 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 3 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  15. ^ Calendar 2012 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 2 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  16. ^ Calendar 2013 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 2 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  17. ^ Calendar 2014 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 7 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  18. ^ Calendar 2015 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 30 August 2018 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  19. ^ Calendar 2016 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 16 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  20. ^ Calendar 2017 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 3 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  21. ^ Calendar 2018 IAAF Label Road Races Archived 3 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  22. ^ 2019 World Athletics Label Road Races - World Athletics
  23. ^ 2020 World Athletics Label Road Races - World Athletics

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