Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
|Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon|
Runners gathering at the 2010 race
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The competition was established in 1978 as the Philadelphia Distance Run and was held under this name until 2009. Since 2010 when the Competitor running group bought the rights to the race, it has been part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series of running competitions.
The race quickly became a top level race with international competition: four-time Olympic champion Lasse Virén of Finland won at the second edition and he was followed by further foreign Olympic medalists in New Zealand's Rod Dixon and Michael Musyoki of Kenya. Joan Samuelson took consecutive victories in the women's race in 1983 to 1985, which included an world record times of 1:09:14 hours and 1:08:34 hours in 1983 and 1984. The latter mark stood as the American record for over twenty years and was broken by Deena Kastor at the 2005 edition of the Philadelphia Distance Run, with her winning time of 1:07:53 hours. The men's race has also seen historically fast times: Michael Musyoki's winning time of 1:01:36 hours in 1982 was a world record and in 1985 Mark Curp ran a further world record time of 1:00:55 hours. On top of this, Dionicio Cerón's winning time of 1:00:46 hours in 1990 was recognised by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians as their world best mark, as per their stricter criteria.
The current course records were set in 2011 and both are the fastest times ever recorded for the half marathon on American soil: Mathew Kisorio ran the fourth fastest time ever (58:46 minutes) while Kimberley Smith's women's record of 1:07:11 hours made her the seventh fastest female ever in the half marathon.
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1978||Julio Piazza (USA)||1:07:35||Nora Johnson (USA)||1:24:34|
|2nd||1979||Lasse Virén (FIN)||1:04:48||Lena Hollman (SWE)||1:20:06|
|3rd||1980||Rod Dixon (NZL)||1:03:39||Jan Yerkes (USA)||1:17:56|
|4th||1981||Rod Dixon (NZL)||1:02:12||Jan Yerkes (USA)||1:13:33|
|5th||1982||Michael Musyoki (KEN)||1:01:36||Judi St. Hilaire (USA)||1:13:13|
|6th||1983||Michael Musyoki (KEN)||1:02:49||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:09:10|
|7th||1984||Dean Matthews (USA)||1:02:14||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:08:34|
|8th||1985||Mark Curp (USA)||1:00:55||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:09:44|
|9th||1986||Mark Curp (USA)||1:01:43||Midde Hamrin (SWE)||1:11:41|
|10th||1987||Martyn Brewer (USA)||1:02:07||Sylvia Mosqueda (USA)||1:10:47|
|11th||1988||Steve Jones (GBR)||1:02:17||Lesley Lehane (USA)||1:10:47|
|12th||1989||El Mostafa Nechchadi (MAR)||1:02:01||Nan Doak-Davis (USA)||1:11:24|
|13th||1990||Dionicio Cerón (MEX)||1:00:46||Cathy O'Brien (USA)||1:09:39|
|14th||1991||Rolando Vera (ECU)||1:03:00||Kim Jones (USA)||1:12:53|
|15th||1992||Noel Richardson (IRL)||1:03:13||Wilma van Onna (NED)||1:10:59|
|16th||1993||Luketz Swartbooi (NAM)||1:01:26||Colleen De Reuck (RSA)||1:10:26|
|17th||1994||William Kiptoo Koech (KEN)||1:02:04||Anne-Marie Lauck (USA)||1:10:03|
|18th||1995||Joseph Kamau (KEN)||1:01:30||Tatyana Pozdnyakova (UKR)||1:12:56|
|19th||1996||Joseph Kamau (KEN)||1:01:02||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:10:40|
|20th||1997||Khalid Khannouchi (MAR)||1:00:27||Colleen De Reuck (RSA)||1:10:06|
|21st||1998||Peter Githuka Mwangi (KEN)||1:01:58||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:09:46|
|22nd||1999||Khalid Khannouchi (MAR)||1:00:47||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:10:31|
|23rd||2000||Khalid Khannouchi (USA)||1:01:17||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:10:01|
|24th||2001||Ronald Mogaka (KEN)||1:01:25||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:08:30|
|25th||2002||Ronald Mogaka Boraya (KEN)||1:02:22||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:09:20|
|26th||2003||Laban Kipkemboi (KEN)||1:01:29||Leah Malot (KEN)||1:11:20|
|27th||2004||Julius Kibet Koskei (KEN)||1:01:17.1||Nuța Olaru (ROM)||1:09:38|
|28th||2005||Gudisa Shentama (ETH)||1:02:23||Deena Kastor (USA)||1:07:53|
|29th||2006||Wilson Kebenei (KEN)||1:01:05||Lineth Chepkurui (KEN)||1:10:09|
|30th||2007||Julius Kibet Kosgei (KEN)||1:02:02||Pamela Chepchumba (KEN)||1:08:45|
|31st||2008||Yerefu Berhanu (ETH)||1:01:22||Liliya Shobukhova (RUS)||1:10:21|
|32nd||2009||Ryan Hall (USA)||1:01:52||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:09:43|
|33rd||2010||Mathew Kisorio (KEN)||1:00:16||Meseret Defar (ETH)||1:07:45|
|34th||2011||Mathew Kisorio (KEN)||58:46||Kimberley Smith (NZL)||1:07:11|
|35th||2012||Stanley Biwott (KEN)||1:00:03||Sharon Cherop (KEN)||1:07:21|
|36th||2013||Stanley Biwott (KEN)||59:36||Lyudmila Kovalenko (UKR)||1:08:59|
|37th||2014||Bitan Karoki (KEN)||59:23||Aberu Kebede (ETH)||1:08:41|
|38th||2015||Timothy Ritchie (USA)||1:01:23||Maegan Krifchin (USA)||1:09:51|
- Deena Kastor. USATF. Retrieved on 2011-10-05.
- "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). IAAF. 2009. pp. 546, 563, 565, 651, and 653. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- "World Best Progressions- Road". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- Rosenthal, Bert (2011-09-17). Kisorio blazes 58:46 at Philadelphia Half Marathon, fourth fastest ever. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-04.
- List of winners
- Philadelphia Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2011-09-21). Retrieved on 2011-10-05.