Vienna City Marathon

The Vienna City Marathon is an annual marathon race over the classic distance of 42.195 km held in Vienna, Austria since 1984.

Vienna City Marathon
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Elite runners approaching the start line in front of the Vienna International Centre in 2013
Date12 September 2021
LocationVienna, Austria
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, Half marathon, 10K run
Primary sponsorErste Group, Hervis [de], Wien Energie [de]
Established1984 (37 years ago) (1984)
Course recordsMen's: 2:05:41 (2014)
Ethiopia Getu Feleke
Women's: 2:22:12 (2019)
Kenya Nancy Kiprop
Official siteVienna City Marathon
Participants3,056 finishers (2021)
5,739 finishers (2019)[1]

HistoryEdit

The first edition was held on 25 March 1984 with a total of 794 competitors. It is Austria's largest road running event and the 2010 edition had record participation with 32,940 runners from 108 nations taking part in the day's races.[2] The race has been organised by Wolfgang Konrad since 1989.[3]

The race day's events also include a marathon team relay event, a 4.2 km fun run and a half marathon. In 2011, Haile Gebrselassie ran the fastest ever time on Austrian soil for the distance.[4] The 2012 edition saw Haile and Paula Radcliffe engage in a novel half marathon race, with Radcliffe receiving a head start 7:52 minutes (the difference between the two athletes personal bests). Gebrselassie crossed the finish line 3 minutes and 19 seconds ahead of Radcliffe.[5]

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the race was cancelled and the 2021 edition was postponed to 12 September 2021.[6][7][8][9]

CourseEdit

External image
  Course map of full marathon in 2019[10]
 
Crossing the Reichsbrücke with Donau City in the background, 2015

The route starts at the Vienna International Centre, traverses the Reichsbrücke and the traffic junction Praterstern on the left side of the Donaukanal, then runs alongside the Ringstraße until reaching the Vienna State Opera. After crossing the left bank of the Wien river on Wienzeile to the Schönbrunn Palace, the route goes back to the Heldenplatz (via the Mariahilferstraße) where the half-marathon finishes. The full-marathon runners, however, are continuing past the Rathaus to the Alsergrund and to Friedensbrücke. The track continues via the left side of the Donaukanal and the Praterstern to reach the Prater again. After having passed the Ernst-Happel-Stadion and the Lusthaus, the route leads over the Franzensbrücke to the Ringstraße where the runners reach the finish at the Heldenplatz.

WinnersEdit

 
President Heinz Fischer at 2004 awards ceremony

Key:

   Course record
   Austrian championship race

MarathonEdit

 
Henry Sugut (Nr.1) 'en route' in 2013.
 
Flomena Cheyech (F10), 2013.
 
Abel Kirui celebrating his 2008 victory
Date Men's race Time[a] Women's race Time[a] Rf.
2021.09.12   Leonard Langat (KEN)[b] 2:09:25   Vibian Chepkirui (KEN) 2:24:29 [11]
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [6]
2019.04.07   Vincent Kipchumba (KEN) 2:06:56   Nancy Kiprop (KEN) 2:22:12
2018.04.22   Salah-Eddine Bounasr (MAR) 2:09:29   Nancy Kiprop (KEN) 2:24:18
2017.04.23   Albert Korir (KEN) 2:08:40   Nancy Kiprop (KEN) 2:24:20
2016.04.10   Robert Chemosin (KEN) 2:09:48   Shuko Genemo (ETH) 2:24:31
2015.04.12   Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:07:31   Maja Neuenschwander (CHE) 2:30:09
2014.04.13   Getu Feleke (ETH) 2:05:41   Anna Hahner (GER) 2:28:59
2013.04.14   Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:08:19   Flomena Cheyech (KEN) 2:24:34
2012.04.15   Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:06:58   Fate Tola (ETH) 2:26:39
2011.04.17   John Kiprotich (KEN) 2:08:29   Fate Tola (ETH) 2:26:21
2010.04.18   Henry Sugut (KEN) 2:08:40   Hellen Kimutai (KEN) 2:31:08
2009.04.19   Gilbert Kirwa (KEN) 2:08:21   Andrea Mayr (AUT) 2:30:43
2008.04.27   Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:38   Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 2:26:43
2007.04.29   Luke Kibet (KEN) 2:10:07   Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 2:32:21
2006.05.07   Lahoussine Mrikik (MAR) 2:08:20   Tomo Morimoto (JPN) 2:24:33
2005.05.22   Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 2:12:20   Florence Barsosio (KEN) 2:31:40
2004.05.16   Samson Kandie (KEN) 2:08:35   Rosaria Console (ITA) 2:29:22
2003.05.25   Joseph Chebet (KEN) 2:14:49   Lucilla Andreucci (ITA) 2:35:32
2002.05.26   Moses Tanui (KEN) 2:10:25   Lyudmyla Pushkina (UKR) 2:32:03
2001.05.20   Luís Novo (POR) 2:10:28   Jane Salumäe (EST) 2:30:00
2000.05.21   Willy Kipkirui (KEN) 2:08:48   Maura Viceconte (ITA) 2:23:47
1999.05.30   Andrew Eyapan (KEN) 2:11:41   Florina Pană (ROM) 2:34:26
1998.05.24   Moges Taye (ETH) 2:09:21   Irina Kazakova (FRA) 2:35:09
1997.05.25   Hussein Salah (DJI) 2:12:53   Tatyana Polovinskaya (UKR) 2:30:50
1996.04.14   Dube Jillo (ETH) 2:12:51   Aurica Buia (ROM) 2:31:39
1995.04.23   Piotr Prusik (POL) 2:15:23   Helena Javornik (SLO) 2:36:30
1994.04.10   Joaquim Silva (POR) 2:10:42   Sissel Grottenberg (NOR) 2:36:17
1993.04.18   Carlos Patrício (POR) 2:11:00   Bente Moe (NOR) 2:38:21
1992.04.26   Karel David (TCH) 2:13:41   Pascaline Wangui (KEN) 2:40:50
1991.04.14   Karel David (TCH) 2:12:25   Ľudmila Melicherová (TCH) 2:37:14
1990.04.22   Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:09:28   Ľudmila Melicherová (TCH) 2:33:19
1989.04.16   Alfredo Shahanga (TAN) 2:10:28   Christa Vahlensieck (FRG) 2:34:47
1988.04.10   Mirko Vindiš (YUG) 2:17:25   Glynis Penny (GBR) 2:36:49
1987.04.05   Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:16:10   Carina Weber-Leutner (AUT) 2:40:57
1986.04.13   Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:12:22   Birgit Lennartz (FRG) 2:38:31
1985.03.31   Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) 2:14:59   Yelena Tsukhlo (URS) 2:39:01
1984.03.25   Antoni Niemczak (POL) 2:12:17   Renate Kieninger (FRG) 2:47:32

Half marathonEdit

 
Haile Gebrselassie setting the half marathon course record in 2011
Year Men's race Time[a] Women's race Time[a]
2021   Andreas Stöckl (AUT) 1:12:07   Eva Wutti (AUT) 1:16:14
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic[6]
2019   Mario Bauernfeind (AUT) 1:06:44   Katalin Garami (HUN) 1:17:04
2018   Adam Konieczny (POL) 1:11:18   Michela Ciprietti (ITA) 1:22:57
2017   Joé Simon (LUX) 1:10:47   Fabienne Amrhein (GER) 1:14:43
2016   Alexandru Corneschi (ROM) 1:07:00   Zsófia Erdélyi (HUN) 1:15:25
2015   Eric Rüttimann (SUI) 1:07:39   Susanne Mair (AUT) 1:18:32
2014   Mick Clohisey (IRE) 1:06:30   Andrea Mayr (AUT) 1:13:46
2013   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:01:14   Tanith Maxwell (RSA) 1:17:17
2012   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:00:52   Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:12:03
2011   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1:00:18   Cristina Fruzmuz (ROU) 1:15:43
2010   Rudi Brunner (ITA) 1:09:14   Esther Erb (USA) 1:16:25
2009   Manfred Heit (AUT) 1:11:45   Catherine Wilding (GBR) 1:24:21
2008   Thomas Langer (GER) 1:12:00   Alina-Adriana Istudor (ROU) 1:18:55
2007   Florian Prüller (AUT) 1:07:13   Daniela Cârlan (ROU) 1:16:11
2006   Hermann Achmüller (ITA) 1:07:57   Kate Allen (AUT) 1:14:24
2005   Roman Weger (AUT) 1:08:40   Susanne Pumper (AUT) 1:13:20

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d h:m:s
  2. ^ Derara Hurisa crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified for wearing shoes with soles 1 cm (0.4 in) thicker than those that were allowed.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vienna City Marathon - RACE INFO".
  2. ^ Beating the winds, Sugut and Kimutai take Vienna Marathon titles. IAAF (2010-04-18). Retrieved on 2010-04-22.
  3. ^ Neumann, Fritz (18 April 2020). "Wolfgang Konrad über den Wien-Marathon: Es wäre der Teufel los gewesen" [Wolfgang Konrad on the Vienna Marathon: The devil would have been loose]. DerStandard.at (in German). Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  4. ^ Kiprotich and Tola the surprise winners in Vienna, Gebrselassie cruises 1:00:18 in the Half Marathon. IAAF (2011-04-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  5. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2012-04-15). Sugut runs 2:06:58 while Tola defends; Haile beats Paula in chase in Vienna. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  6. ^ a b c "Vienna City Marathon - SERVICE".
  7. ^ https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-label-road-races/calendar/2020
  8. ^ "Vienna City Marathon - SERVICE".
  9. ^ "Vienna City Marathon pushed back from April to September 2021 due to COVID-19".
  10. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/Vienna_Marathon/status/1111316667118821377/
  11. ^ a b https://archive.today/20210913041250/https://apnews.com/article/track-and-field-lifestyle-oddities-sports-africa-2ddd012c888e56b92b4e2391783d40b4
List of winners

External linksEdit