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The official IAAF Road Race Label logos.

IAAF Road Race Label Events are races that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) designates as one of the "leading road races around the world."[1] The classification was first introduced for the 2008 running season, upon the suggestion of the IAAF Road Running Commission.[2] In that first year, only Gold and Silver Labels were awarded, and 49 races were recognised.[3] A third tier was introduced in 2010, entitled the Bronze Label,[4] and in 2015, 88 races were listed in total.[5] The races are split into three categories: marathons, half marathons and other. Within the "other" category are traditional road race distances, over which IAAF world records can be set, along with some "Classical races," which span unusual distances.[1]

The Labels are assessed and awarded each year. Race organisers have to apply to the IAAF for recognition, and show that their race can meet a number of criteria. The criteria vary for the different levels; Gold Labels have the strictest requirements, followed by Silver, then Bronze. All three categories require what the IAAF describes as an international elite field, that requires at least five nations (four for Bronze) to be represented by runners with times faster than the IAAF's guidelines. Additionally, the race course must be closed to vehicular traffic, and measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standard, with full electronic timing used to generate the results. The race must be organised in a way that minimizes ecological damage to the surrounding areas. A specified number of doping tests must be carried out, and prize money for the participants should be equal, irrespective of gender or nationality, though additional rewards can be given to runners from the host nation.[1]

The Labels are considered a "prestigious" award by race organisers,[6][7][8] and include the six marathon majors. In 2017, Japan had the most road race Label events, with 9, although the Czech Republic hosted the most Gold Label events, 7.[9] 3 races on the African continent received Label status in 2015.[5]



* Races that are also World Marathon Majors are highlighted in lavender blue, with an asterisk

Gold LabelEdit

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Xiamen International Marathon Marathon Xiamen   China January
Houston Half Marathon Half marathon Houston   United States January
Hong Kong Marathon Marathon Hong Kong   Hong Kong January
Dubai Marathon Marathon Dubai   United Arab Emirates January
Mumbai Marathon[10] Marathon Mumbai   India January
Osaka Women's Marathon Marathon Osaka   Japan January
Barcelona Half Marathon Half marathon Barcelona   Spain February
Seville Marathon[11] Marathon Seville   Spain February
Tokyo Marathon* Marathon Tokyo   Japan February
Lake Biwa Marathon Marathon Ōtsu   Japan March
Roma-Ostia Half Marathon Half marathon Rome   Italy March
Nagoya Women's Marathon Marathon Nagoya   Japan March
Lisbon Half Marathon Half marathon Lisbon   Portugal March
Seoul International Marathon Marathon Seoul   South Korea March
Chongqing International Marathon Marathon Chongqing   China March
Prague Half Marathon Half marathon Prague   Czech Republic April
Istanbul Half Marathon Half marathon Istanbul   Turkey April
Paris Marathon Marathon Paris   France April
Rotterdam Marathon Marathon Rotterdam   Netherlands April
Boston Marathon* Marathon Boston   United States April
Yangzhou Jianzhen Half Marathon Half marathon Yangzhou   China April
Vienna City Marathon Marathon Vienna   Austria April
Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon Half marathon Gifu   Japan April
London Marathon* Marathon London   United Kingdom April
Madrid Marathon Marathon Madrid   Spain April
Yellow River Estuary Marathon Marathon Dongying   China May
Prague Marathon Marathon Prague   Czech Republic May
Riga Marathon Marathon Riga   Latvia May
Karlovy Vary Half Marathon Half marathon Karlovy Vary   Czech Republic May
Ottawa Marathon Marathon Ottawa   Canada May
Ottawa 10K 10 km Ottawa   Canada May
World 10K Bengaluru 10 km Bengaluru   India May
České Budějovice Half Marathon Half marathon České Budějovice   Czech Republic June
Lanzhou Marathon Marathon Lanzhou   China June
Olomouc Half Marathon Half marathon Olomouc   Czech Republic June
Gold Coast Marathon Marathon Gold Coast   Australia July
Bogotá Half Marathon Half marathon Bogotá   Colombia July
Mexico City Marathon Marathon Mexico City   Mexico August
Prague Grand Prix 10 km Prague   Czech Republic September
Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon Half marathon Ústí nad Labem   Czech Republic September
Berlin Marathon* Marathon Berlin   Germany September
Copenhagen Half Marathon Half marathon Copenhagen   Denmark September
Beijing Marathon Marathon Beijing   China September
Sydney Marathon Marathon Sydney   Australia September
Cape Town Marathon Marathon Cape Town   South Africa September
Chicago Marathon* Marathon Chicago   United States October
Ljubljana Marathon Marathon Ljubljana   Slovenia October
Portugal Half Marathon Half marathon Lisbon   Portugal October
Toronto Waterfront Marathon Marathon Toronto   Canada October
Amsterdam Marathon Marathon Amsterdam   Netherlands October
Delhi Half Marathon Half marathon New Delhi   India October
Frankfurt Marathon Marathon Frankfurt am Main   Germany October
Valencia Half Marathon Half marathon Valencia   Spain October
New York City Marathon* Marathon New York City   United States November
Istanbul Marathon Marathon Istanbul   Turkey November
Shanghai Marathon Marathon Shanghai   China November
Fukuoka Marathon Marathon Fukuoka   Japan December
Valencia Marathon Marathon Valencia   Spain December
Singapore Marathon Marathon Singapore   Singapore December
Guangzhou Marathon Marathon Guangzhou   China December

Silver LabelEdit

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Houston Marathon Marathon Houston   United States January
Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon Half marathon Marugame   Japan February
New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon Marathon New Taipei City   Taiwan March
Daegu Marathon Marathon Daegu   South Korea April
Milano Marathon Marathon Milano   Italy April
Rome Marathon Marathon Rome   Italy April
Hannover Marathon Marathon Hannover   Germany April
Orlen Warsaw Marathon Marathon Warsaw   Poland April
Okpekpe 10km 10 km Okpekpe   Nigeria May
Taiyuan Marathon Marathon Taiyuan   China September
Minsk Half Marathon Half marathon Minsk   Belarus September
Dam tot Damloop 10 miles Amsterdam   Netherlands September
Hengshui Lake Marathon Marathon Hengshui   China September
Cardiff Half Marathon Half marathon Cardiff   United Kingdom October
Košice Peace Marathon Marathon Košice   Slovakia October
Les 20 KM de Paris 20 km Paris   France October
Lisbon Marathon Marathon Lisbon   Portugal October
Marseille Cassis 20 km Marseille   France October
Hangzhou Marathon Marathon Hangzhou   China November
Beirut Marathon Marathon Beirut   Lebanon November
Saitama International Marathon Marathon Saitama   Japan November
Shenzhen Marathon Marathon Shenzhen   China November
Corrida de Houilles 10 km Houilles   France December
San Silvestre Vallecana 10 km Madrid   Spain December

Bronze LabelEdit

Road race Distance Location Country Month held
Lagos City Marathon Marathon Lagos   Nigeria February
Guadalajara Half Marathon Half marathon Guadalajara   Mexico February
Barcelona Marathon Marathon Barcelona   Spain March
Gdynia Half Marathon Half marathon Gdynia   Poland March
Warsaw Half Marathon Half marathon Warsaw   Poland March
Pyongyang Marathon Marathon Pyongyang   North Korea April
Łódź Marathon Marathon Łódź   Poland April
Cracovia Maraton Marathon Kraków   Poland April
Nagano Marathon Marathon Nagano   Japan April
Kyiv Half Marathon Half marathon Kiev   Ukraine April
Geneva Marathon Marathon Geneva    Switzerland May
Dalian Marathon Marathon Dalian   China May
Corrida de Langueux 10 km Langueux   France June
Vidovdan 10K 10 km Brčko   Bosnia and Herzegovina June
Buenos Aires Marathon Marathon Buenos Aires   Argentina September
Warsaw Marathon Marathon Warsaw   Poland September
Bucharest Marathon Marathon Bucharest   Romania October
Poznan Marathon Marathon Poznan   Poland October
Venice Marathon Marathon Venice   Italy October
Porto Marathon Marathon Porto   Portugal November
French Riviera Marathon Marathon Nice   France November
Guadalajara Marathon Marathon Guadalajara   Mexico November
Hefei Marathon Marathon Hefei   China November
Kobe Marathon Marathon Kobe   Japan November
Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon Half marathon Boulogne-Billancourt   France November
Florence Marathon Marathon Florence   Italy November
10K Valencia 10 km Valencia   Spain December
Marathon du Gabon Marathon Libreville   Gabon December
Mersin Marathon Marathon Mersin   Turkey December
Kolkata 25k 25 km Kolkata   India December
Bangsaen21 Half Marathon Half marathon Chonburi   Thailand December

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "IAAF Road Race Labels: Regulations 2014" (PDF). International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "IAAF awards Gold and Silver Labels for Road Races". IAAF. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Calendar: 2008". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Calendar: 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Calendar: 2014". IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "EMF Awarded IAAF Bronze". Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Three Indian road races get IAAF 'Gold Label'". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Vienna City Marathon receives IAAF Road Race Gold Label". Vienna City Marathon. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Calendar, Gold labels: 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Calendar |". Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ "El maratón de Sevilla logra la «Etiqueta Oro» y se coloca entre las mejores carreras del planeta". ABC de Sevilla Newspaper. Retrieved 28 September 2017.


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