Bogotá Half Marathon

The Bogotá International Half Marathon (Spanish: Media Maratón Internacional de Bogotá), or mmB as it is traditionally known, is an annual road running competition over a half marathon distance 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) taking place in Bogotá, Colombia in late July or early August. Established in 2000, it holds World Athletics Platinum Label Road Race status,[1] making it the first and thus far only South American race to achieve this accreditation.[2] The competition features both elite and popular (or recreational) sections within the half marathon and 10K races.[3] Around 45,000 runners take part in the competition's events each year.[4][5]

Bogotá Half Marathon
Catedral Primada de Colombia-Bogota.JPG
The Primary Cathedral of Bogotá overlooks the starting point on Bolívar Square
DateLate July/Early August
LocationBogotá, Colombia Colombia
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf marathon
Course recordsMen's: 1:02:20 (2011)
Kenya Geoffrey Mutai
Women's: 1:10:29 (2003)
Kenya Susan Chepkemei
Official siteBogotá Half Marathon

Both courses at the race have a point-to-point format. The half marathon course starts at Bolívar Square and heads north past Avenida Jiménez and Parque Nacional, before turning west at Unicentro shopping centre. The course continues heading west, passing the Salitre Mágico amusement park, and finishes at Simón Bolívar Park.[6] The 10K race has identical start and finishing points, but follows a more direct path between the two – heading north on Calle 26 then switching to Calle 53 which goes directly past Bolívar Park.[7]

The elite race has featured a number of high-profile runners, including former marathon world record holder and champion Catherine Ndereba, two-time Saint Silvester Road Race winner James Kwambai, Olympic medallist and New York City Marathon champion Joyce Chepchumba and 2005 World Half Marathon champion Fabiano Joseph.[8] The race is not typically conducive to fast times as the city is located at 2,600 meters above sea level, some 8,530 feet, a factor which inhibits long distance runners.[9] However, it is considered a perfect training ground for professional athletes and runners looking to run the World's Marathon Majors in Berlin, Chicago and New York happening in the fall each year.

The 2020 edition of the race was postponed to 2021.07.25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[10]

Past winnersEdit

Catherine Ndereba won the 2006 women's race.

Key:   Course record

Half marathonEdit

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2000   Armando Quintanilla (MEX) 1:04:20   Martha Tenorio (ECU) 1:12:07
2nd 2001   Juan José Castillo (PER) 1:03:51   María Portillo (PER) 1:15:04
3rd 2002   Ben Kimondiu (KEN) 1:04:39   Teresa Wanjiku (KEN) 1:15:17
4th 2003   José Alirio Carrasco (COL) 1:04:23   Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 1:10:29
5th 2004   Isaac Macharia (KEN) 1:04:03   Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:15:07
6th 2005   James Kwambai (KEN) 1:03:10   Adriana Fernández (MEX) 1:15:02
7th 2006   Fabiano Joseph (TAN) 1:02:34   Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:12:56
8th 2007   Isaac Macharia (KEN) 1:03:40   Nouriah Asiba (KEN) 1:16:09
9th 2008   Isaac Macharia (KEN) 1:03:34   Pamela Chepchumba (KEN) 1:12:55
10th 2009   Isaac Macharia (KEN) 1:02:49   Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 1:12:29
11th 2010   Deriba Merga (ETH) 1:02:31   Shewarge Amare (ETH) 1:13:54
12th 2011[11]   Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 1:02:20   Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:13:34
13th 2012[12]   Peter Kirui (KEN) 1:02:26   Gladys Cherono (KEN) 1:13:27
14th 2013[5]   Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 1:03:46   Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 1:12:24
15th 2014   Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 1:03:18   Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 1:13:39
16th 2015   Stanley Biwott (KEN) 1:03:15   Amane Gobena (ETH) 1:13:44
17th 2016   Tadese Tola (ETH) 1:05:16   Purity Cherotich (KEN) 1:11:56
18th 2017   Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) 1:04:30   Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 1:12:16
19th 2018   Betesfa Getahun (ETH) 1:05:10   Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 1:11:34
20th 2019   Tamirat Tola (ETH) 1:02:35   Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:10:39


  1. ^ World Athletics Platinum Label Road Racing. World Athletics (2020). Retrieved on 2020-01-15.
  2. ^ Gold Label Archived August 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  3. ^ Categories. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  4. ^ Kuehls, David (2009-08-02). Macharia and Cheromei victorious in Bogota. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  5. ^ a b Biscayart, Eduardo (2013-07-28). Kipsang and Jeptoo win in Bogota. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-29.
  6. ^ Recorrido 21km Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish). MMB (2010). Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  7. ^ Recorrido 10km Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish). MMB (2010). Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  8. ^ Results Archived August 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. MMB. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  9. ^ Sailer, Victah (2007-07-18). Tergat to compete in the Bogotá Half Marathon, and promote UN mission. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
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  11. ^ Mutai and Chepkirui the winners in Bogota. IAAF/Organisers (2011-08-01). Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  12. ^ Kirui and Cherono dominate Bogotá Half Marathon Archived 2012-10-03 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (2012-07-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-30.

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