Warsaw Marathon

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Warsaw Marathon
35. PZU Maraton Warszawski , 29. September 2013 DSC 2499.JPG
DateLate September or early October
LocationWarsaw, Poland
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorPZU
Established30 September 1979
(40 years ago)
 (1979-09-30)
Course recordsMen's: 2:08:17 (2011)
Kenya John Kibet
Women's: 2:29:04 (2019)
Kenya Rebecca Korir
Official siteWarsaw Marathon
Participants4,557 (2019)

The Warsaw Marathon (also referred to as the PZU Warsaw Marathon[a]) is an annual marathon race which takes place in the heart of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It is the oldest annual marathon in Poland, held since 1979. The marathon is organized by the non-governmental organization Fundacja Maraton Warszawski. The event usually takes place on the last Sunday of September. It is one of two marathons hosted in the city, alongside the Orlen Warsaw Marathon, generally held in April.

History[edit]

The marathon was first held on 30 September 1979. In the inaugural race, the length of the course was just 40.6 kilometres (25.2 mi), and not the normal, classic distance of 42.195 km (26.219 mi).

From 2013, the Polish insurance company Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń (PZU) became a title sponsor, and the marathon was renamed "PZU Warsaw Marathon".[1]

External image
Course map of full marathon in 2020[2]

In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers rescheduled the marathon to take place over four separate heats during the weekend, with each heat having a maximum of 250 runners.[3][b] In addition, the course was changed to a loop of 5 km (3.1 mi) in the center of the city.[2][c] Since nearly 2000 runners had already registered for the race, a lottery was held to determine who was allowed to participate, with those denied a spot allowed to transfer their entry to 2021 or obtain a refund.[3][4][d]

Passing the Km 27 mark in 2013
Schedule of heats in 2020[5]
Heat Date Time Time limit
1 26 September 2020 16:00 6.5 hours
2 27 September 2020 00:00 6.5 hours
3 27 September 2020 08:00 4.0 hours
4 27 September 2020 13:00 6.0 hours

Other races[edit]

Although the main attraction is the marathon, there is also a handbike marathon and a "High Five Race" (5 km race).

Other activities[edit]

During the marathon weekend, additional activities take place, such as a sport and fitness expo, running seminars, and activities for children.

Results[edit]

Year Finishers Men's winner Country Time Women's winner Country Time
2019 4557 Dadi Yami  Ethiopia 2:11:39 Rebecca Korir  Kenya 2:29:04
2018 7528 David Metto  Kenya 2:12:44 Beatrice Cherop  Kenya 2:35:22
2017 5460 Błażej Brzeziński  Poland 2:11:27 Bekelu Beji  Ethiopia 2:35:09
2016 5921 Ezekiel Omullo  Kenya 2:08:55 Gladys Kibiwot  Bahrain 2:36:34
2015 5491 Ezekiel Omullo  Kenya 2:09:19 Ruth Wanjiru  Kenya 2:29:39
2014 6679 Victor Kipchirchir  Kenya 2:09:59 Svitlana Stanko  Ukraine 2:33:04
2013[6] 8506[7] Yared Shegumo  Poland 2:10:34 Goitetom Haftu  Ethiopia 2:29:32
2012 6796 James Mutua  Kenya 2:15:02 Agnieszka Ciołek  Poland 2:34:15
2011 4061 John Kibet  Kenya 2:08:17 Svitlana Stanko  Ukraine 2:31:28
2010 3322 Tola Bane  Ethiopia 2:13:10 Tetyana Holovchenko  Ukraine 2:31:37
2009 3164 Teshome Gelana  Ethiopia 2:12:03 Anastasiya Padalinskaya  Belarus 2:44:55
2008 2640 Alemayehu Shumye  Ethiopia 2:11:50 Małgorzata Sobańska  Poland 2:31:20
2007 2119 Paweł Ochal  Poland 2:12:20 Valentina Poltavska  Ukraine 2:40:18
2006 1860 Vitalij Shafar  Ukraine 2:12:29 Nina Podnebesnowa  Russia 2:42:43
2005 1689 Grzegorz Gajdus  Poland 2:14:50 Nina Kolyasewa  Russia 2:34:53
2004 937 Radosław Dudycz  Poland 2:17:21 Janina Malska  Poland 2:48:41
2003 1063 Artur Pelo  Poland 2:20:41 Karina Szymańska  Poland 2:42:04
2002 307 Dmitrijs Šlesarenoks  Latvia 2:30:02 Marlena Żołnowska  Poland 3:36:19
2001 564 Bartosz Mazerski  Poland 2:24:45 Maria Bąk  Germany 2:48:31
2000 587 Mirosław Plawgo  Poland 2:15:57 Ewa Fliegert  Poland 2:51:02
1999 693 David Ngetich  Kenya 2:16:31 Karina Szymańska  Poland 2:45:44
1998 867 Grzegorz Głogosz  Poland 2:17:06 Karina Szymańska  Poland 2:36:24
1997 700 Wiesław Lenda  Poland 2:25:39 Karina Szymańska  Poland 2:42:18
1996 658 Artur Ociepa  Poland 2:18:14 Yelena Tsukhlo  Belarus 2:37:48
1995 779 Christo Stefanov  Bulgaria 2:15:37 Yelena Tsukhlo  Belarus 2:37:21
1994 788 Wiesław Lenda  Poland 2:17:50 Yelena Tsukhlo  Belarus 2:42:36
1993 520 Julius Mitibani  Tanzania 2:20:26 Polina Grigorenko  Russia 2:55:25
1992 794 Jacek Kasprzyk  Poland 2:17:38 Aniela Nikiel  Poland 2:42:27
1991 852 Ryszard Misiewicz  Poland 2:19:50 Małgorzata Birbach  Poland 2:47:21
1990 1129 Krzysztof Niedziółka  Poland 2:20:08 Ewa Olas  Poland 2:42:48
1989 1222 Jerzy Skarżyński  Poland 2:22:19 Ewa Bober  Poland 3:01:14
1988 1596 Paweł Tarasiuk  Poland 2:17:37 Stefania Kozik  Poland 2:55:34
1987 1398 Wiesław Lenda  Poland 2:24:47 Renata Walendziak  Poland 2:38:24
1986 1505 Józef Mitka  Poland 2:19:48 Maria Kawiorska  Poland 2:46:48
1985 1607 Andrzej Malicki  Poland 2:20:29 Irina Hulanicka  Soviet Union 2:46:21
1984 1914 Miroslaw Rudnik  Poland 2:25:15 Stefania Kozik  Poland 3:06:02
1983 1919 Stanimir Nenov  Bulgaria 2:23:55 Irena Maliborska  Poland 2:59:38
1982 1727 Zbigniew Pierzynka  Poland 2:24:09 Helena Kozioryńska  Poland 3:08:52
1981 2015 Jerzy Finster  Poland 2:17:06 Cindy Wuss  United States 2:51:22
1980 2289 Jerzy Gros  Poland 2:22:12 Anna Bełtowska  Poland 3:05:14
1979 1861 Kazimierz Pawlik  Poland 2:11:34[8] Renata Pentlinowska  Poland 2:51:38[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This name may be used for sponsorship reasons or to distinguish it from the Orlen Warsaw Marathon.
  2. ^ Restrictions due to the pandemic limited the number of people that could simultaneously compete in a race to 250 people.[3]
  3. ^ The start and finish was located on Senator Street [pl] in front of Theatre Square, and the majority of the loop was located on the Krakowskie Przedmieście and Miodowa Streets.[2]
  4. ^ Before the lottery was held, all registrants were given the option of transferring their entry to 2021 in case any were uninterested in participating.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PZU became a title sponsor for Warsaw Marathon". pzu.pl (in Polish). 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  2. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20200913043612/http://maratonwarszawski.com/en/course/
  3. ^ a b c d http://maratonwarszawski.com/en/aktualnosci/42nd-warsaw-marathon-will-take-place-on-september-26th-and-27th-2020/
  4. ^ http://maratonwarszawski.com/en/aktualnosci/ballot-results/
  5. ^ http://maratonwarszawski.com/en/distribution-of-slots-in-the-42nd-warsaw-marathon-the-rules/
  6. ^ September 2013 AIMS results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  7. ^ Wyniki online. 35mw (2013-09-29). Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  8. ^ a b Shorter distance (about 40.6 km)

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