This week we take you through news on an Indian marathon attempting a Guinness World Record, latest updates on national marathons held recently, international marathon news and more.
PNB MetLife Satara Hill Half-Marathon (SHHM) to attempt Guinness World Record this September
PNB MetLife Satara Hill Half-Marathon is giving a unique opportunity this time to the participants in not only enjoying a picturesque hill running experience but also getting their names entered into the Record books. The application of SHHM for creating a record in the category “largest number of people in a single mountain climb” has been approved by Guinness World Records! On 6th September 2015, runners finishing the challenging half-marathon will stand a chance to create a Guinness World Record . Although the organizers have closed registrations long back, they are still accepting requests from runners who can make their own stay arrangements at Satara and want to be a part of this record attempting marathon.
Sunday, 26th July 2015, witnessed two important marathons in the country
While one in North India debuted for the first time, the other in South India grew more popular in its fourth edition!
Kathgodam Half Marathon 2015
“The Gateway of Kumaon Hills” joined the Indian marathon bandwagon, with the first Kathgodam Half Marathon on 26th July 2015. The event had two categories, 21K Half Marathon – a manually timed race and a 5K Fun Run. Organized by Thrill Zone, around 400 running enthusiasts, young and old, participated in this event, with an objective to generate health awareness among the people in the region.
Dream Runner’s Half Marathon – Chennai
Around 4700 runners from Chennai and other parts of the country participated in the fourth edition of one of the most popular marathons in South India, Dream Runner’s Half Marathon, on 26th July 2015. The event was flagged off by former Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, Mr R Nataraj and Mr Ashish Bhengra, ADGP, Tamil Nadu flagged off the 10 KM Run. While Soji Mathew from Bengaluru won the men’s half marathon in 1:12:11, the women’s category was won by Kanako Morita from Hyderabad in 1:35:08. The event was based on the theme “Let’s RUN so they can WALK”. A considerable amount of fund was raised from the event for donating to the Freedom Trust (Foundation for the Rehabilitation, Education and Empowerment of the disabled of Madras) that provides prosthetic legs to the needy.
Vadodara Ultra opens registration
Organized by Uphill EMG, Vadodara Ultra is going to be held on 1st November 2015. This event will have two categories, 25kms and 55kms trail runs around Vadodara city. While the route of 25kms will be marked by way-markers, the 55kms race will be a closed course 100% GPS navigation race. Adequate Aid Stations and Medical assistance will be provided during the race.
News from the International Marathon Circuit
Biwott wins The Bogota International Half-Marathon
The fastest half-marathoner in 2015, Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, won the 16th edition of The Bogota International Half Marathon in 1:03:15 on 26th July 2015. Having won the City-Pier-City-Loop Half Marathon (held in The Hague), in the fastest time in 2015 so far (00:59:20), Biwott was the favorite to win this race. Ethiopian Tadesse Tola, the 2013 world marathon bronze medalist, finished second, in 1:04:47.Another Kenyan runner Kimutai Kiplimo,winner of Buenos Aires Half Marathon 2013, finished third in 1:05:14.
In the women’s section, Ethiopians Amane Gobena , second in this year’s Paris Marathon, finished first in 1:13:44 and Shuru Demise finished close second in 1:13:47.Kenyan Sharon Cherop, Boston Marathon winner in 2012, finished third in 1:13:55.
Held at an altitude of 2600 metres, this marathon holds IAAF Gold Label status, one of only two of this stature in South America, the other being the Carrera de la Mujer which is also in Bogota.