Runners Route Weekly # 11: Four IAAF Label Marathons In A Day


20th September 2015 was an eventful day in the international marathon circuit with four IAAF Label marathons happening in four different countries across the world. In this edition we take you through all the four popular marathons.

Kipchumba and Moges win Beijing International Marathon

Beijing International Marathon _ IAFF

Runners participating in Beijing International Marathon

Started in the year 1981, the 35th edition of Beijing International Marathon was held on 20th September 2015 at Beijing, China. This is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and recorded by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). It has grown in popularity over the years due to its excellent running arrangements and stands as one of the most popular marathons in Asia. Around thirty thousand runners took part in the event this year.

41 year old Kenyan runner Mariko Kiplagat Kipchumba won the race with a time of 2:11:00, his best timing in this season. Ethiopian Berhanu Shiferaw came second in 2:11:37 and Zimbabwe’s Wirimai Juwawo came third in 2:14:25.

The women’s category witnessed a dual between Ethiopian runners Abebech Afework and Betelhem Moges with the latter winning the race in  2:27:31.  Afework came second with a time of 2:29:12 and North Korea’s Sin Yong Sun came third with her personal best time of  2:31:31.

Air pollution, a major concern in Beijing, has started to become a kind of hindrance for this marathon. Last year, runners ran through intense smog wearing masks, braving the government’s warning for air pollution. Even this year,  some runners wore masks as protection from air pollution. Unfortunately, as many as six runners and a race official suffered heart attacks during the marathon this year.

From one IAAF Gold Label Race to another

Kitajima and  Wangari win  Sydney Marathon

Sydney Marathon_IAFF

Runners participating in Sydney Marathon

The Sydney Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Race. Introduced in the year 2001, the 15th edition of this event was held on 20th September 2015. It is regarded as one of the best running events in the world with iconic landmarks along the route and witnesses participation from runners across the globe. This year, around thirty thousand runners took to the streets across various categories. The marathon started at Bradfield Park in Milsons  Point and ended at the famous Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay.

30 year old Hisanori Kitajima, from Japan, won the men’s marathon in 2:12:44, while Kenyan Mirriam Wangari, won the women’s marathon, in 2:24:38 seconds.

Course record broken at Cape Town marathon

Cape Town Marathon

Runners at the starting line of Cape Town Marathon

Kenyan Isabella Ochichi  won the women’s category of Cape Town Marathon held on 20th September 2015, by bettering the course record set last year by Meseret Biru by 37 seconds and finishing in  2:30:20. Shadrack Kemboi made it a Kenyan double, by winning the men’s category  in 2:11:41. The Kenyans put up a remarkable performance despite the humid conditions in Cape Town, on a day, when the humidity was between 70-80%.

Cape Town Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label running event which was started in the year 2007. It is one of the popular marathons held annually in Africa.

From the heat and humidity of South Africa to freezing temperatures of Siberia

Mayorova and  Moibenwin win Siberian International Marathon

Siberian International Marathon

Runners starting the race at Siberian International Marathon

The Siberian International Marathon was held on 20th September 2015 at Omsk, Russia, in freezing condition with temperature at 8C during the start of the race.

38 year old Russian runner, Albina Mayorova won the women’s category with a time of 2:34:14. Mayorova returned to Omsk after 13 years. Her last appearance in this marathon was in 2002 when she had set a course record of 2:30:31.Fellow Russian Oksana Fashchenko put up a good contest against Mayorova and finished second with her personal best time of  2:35:38.

The men’s category was won by Kenyan Laban Moiben, with a time of  2:18:18.  The temperature took a toll on Moiben’s  health due to which he had to undergo medical attention after the race.

The Siberian International Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race. It is the only marathon in Russia to hold an IAAF status. Around 7000 runners took part in this running event which had a 10K and a 5k category as well.

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