Runners Route Weekly #9: Satara Hill Half Marathon Breaks Record


In this edition, we cover the Guinness world record creating feat by Satara Hill Half Marathon and the latest updates from the international marathon circuit.

PNB Metlife Satara Hill Half Marathon creates new Guinness world record

One running event in India has broken the Guinness world record created by another. The fourth edition of PNB Metlife Satara Hill Half Marathon held on Sunday, 6th September 2015, created a new Guinness world record in the category of “most people in a single mountain run”. This is an annual event organized by the Marathon Association Satara, which is a non-profit organization formed by running enthusiasts of Satara. It is one of the very few marathons in India which is a member of International Association of Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

Satara Hill Half Marathon

Runners participating in Satara Hill Half Marathon

Record breaking performance:

A record number of 2,618 runners from India and abroad participated in the event held in Satara, Maharashtra. The Half Marathon, which started from Police Grounds in Satara town, made the runners climb up the Satara Hill and come back to the starting point. A unique part of the event was to categorize finishers based on their finishing times into three different categories and award them with medals accordingly- runners who finished the marathon within 2 hours received Hill Champion medals, runners who finished the marathon within 2 hours 30 minutes received Hill Conqueror medals and all other finishers received Hill Challenger medals. This event saw participation of runners from various cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, Delhi and Hyderabad.

Earlier record was also set in India:

The previous record in this category was also created in India. In an event organized by Alok Kumar Pandey in Junagadh on 4th January 2015, 2,122 participants raced up the Girnar mountain in Gujarat.

International news and updates

Peres Jepchirchir runs the fastest women’s 10K road race in the world this year

Birell Prague Grand Prix witnessed the fastest women’s 10K road race in the world this year, ran by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir in 00:30:55. Started in the year 1996, Birell Prague Grand Prix is an annual 10K road race event held at night through the illuminated streets of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. It is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The 20th edition was held on Saturday, 5th September 2015.

Peres Jepchirchir

Peres Jepchirchir finishing Birell Prague Grand Prix in a record time

The 22 year old Jepchirchir, who started her running career 12 months ago, decided to challenge her previous best performance of 00:31:18 which she ran in Ottawa, Canada in May this year. She eventually ended up beating her personal best by 23 seconds and the course record by 10 seconds.

The men’s 10K was won by another Kenyan Daniel Chebii, with the third fastest run of the year in  00:27:42. Although Chebii regained the title he last won in 2013, he could not beat the course record of 00:27:28 set by Geoffrey Ronoh last year.

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run confirms participation of the fastest marathon runner in the world

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run confirmed participation of Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, who is currently the fastest marathon runner in the history of the race. This IAAF Gold Label Road Race will be held on Sunday, 4th October 2015 in Glasgow.

Dennis Kimetto

Dennis Kimetto

Kimetto became the fastest runner of all time by winning the Berlin Marathon 12 months ago, with a record performance of 2:02:57, beating the earlier record set by his compatriot Wilson Kipsang in the same venue in 2013. He will be looking forward to returning to form in this event after failing to finish the marathon at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 last month.

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