Runners Route Weekly #5 Salutes Abebe Bikila


In this edition we remember a legendary runner on his 83rd birth anniversary, take you through a marathon held in the archeological treasures in Cambodia and update you on the latest news on running events in our country.

 83rd Birth Anniversary of a Legendary Runner

Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila making a gold medal finish in the 1960 Olympic marathon event (source Wikipedia)

August 7,2015 marked the 83rd birth anniversary of Ethiopian double Olympic marathon champion Abebe Bikila, famous for winning gold medal in 1960 Rome Summer Olympics in marathon, which he ran barefoot.

Bikila was included in the 1960 Ethiopian Summer Olympics team at the last moment in place of Wami Biratu who fell seriously ill. The shoe sponsor Adidas had only a few shoes left for Abebe Bikila to try out and as none of them fit him comfortably, he decided to run the marathon barefoot. Abebe Bikila won the gold medal in a record time of 2:15:16.2.

Abebe Bikila went on to win the marathon gold medal in 1964 Tokyo Olympic in a new Olympic record time of 2:12:11.2.He became the first athlete in history to win the Olympic marathon twice.

Abebe Bikila Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 30,000 spectators, is named in his honor in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

News update : International Marathon

The Angkor Empire Marathon – Cambodia

The Angkor Empire Marathon - Cambodia

Runners running in The Angkor Empire Marathon – Cambodia

The second edition of Angkor Empire Marathon was held on 9th August 2015. This AIM (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) accredited marathon had its route through several spectacular archaeological treasures within the sprawling Angkorian era temple complex in the world heritage city of Siem Reap. While Koki Kawauchi, a popular restaurant chain employee won the men’s category, his fellow citizen Sakie Ishiba Shi, a marketing professional, won the women’s category. The race saw increased participation from local runners and runners from neighbouring countries like, Hong Kong,Japan,China and 45 other countries.

News update :National marathons

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2015 : Registrations open on 25th August

Scheduled to be held on 29th November 2015, the registrations for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will  begin on 25th August 2015 , 5 PM IST. Started in the year 2005, this annual running event held in New Delhi, has participation from national and international elite runners, as well as running enthusiasts from across the country. The course record in the men’s category was set by Ethiopian runner Guye Adola in 59:06 and in the women’s category by Kenyan runner Mary Keitany in 1:06:54. This AIMs accredited running event is one of the biggest in the country and saw participation of 32450 runners last year.

Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon opens registration

Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon

Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon

The 5th National Vasai Virar Mayor’s Marathon opened registration on 10th August 2015.This is a national level running event recognized by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and is one of the biggest and popular marathons in the country, witnessing participation of around 15000 people every year across various categories.This is the country’s only event offering timed runs over three distances, that is the Full Marathon over 42.195K, the Half Marathon over 21.097K and the 11K Run for amateur men & women. While the Half Marathon will begin from Vasai in the backdrop of the historic Bassein Fort, the Full Marathon and the 11KM timed Run will start from New Viva College, Virar.The event, owned by the Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation, will be promoted by Push Aryanz Sports Events (PASE).

Airtel Hyderabad Marathon to close registration on 16th August 2015

The Airtel Hyderabad Marathon will close registration on 16th August 2015.Established in the year 2011, the 5th edition of marathon will be held on 30th August 2015.This event will have five categories, Full Marathon, Half Marathon,10K Run, 5K Run and 3K Fun Run. Organized by Hyderabad Runners Society (HR), a non-profit organization which was founded in 2007 to encourage running in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, this running event has grown in popularity to become one of the biggest in the country. So, all you runners who want to participate in this marathon, get yourselves registered fast!

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