FAST, FLAT AND SCENIC - ONE YEAR TO GO TO THE IAAF/AL-BANK WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS

FAST, FLAT AND SCENIC - ONE YEAR TO GO TO THE IAAF/AL-BANK WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS

Provided by IAAF


In exactly one year, the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships will take place in wonderful Copenhagen in Denmark on 29 March 2014.



For elite athletes, the race will be a must-attend event, acting as a perfect run-up for the great marathons such as the London Marathon on the 20 April and the Hamburg Marathon on 27 April – both IAAF Gold Label Road Races.



“The course is fast, flat and scenic. I assure you – this course is the perfect setting for making personal bests,” says official ambassador of the event Wilson Kipketer, three-time World 800m champion and former World record-holder.



The start and finish line are located in the heart of Copenhagen in front of the National Parliament. A flat course, few turns and lots of cover when in windy weather promise perfect conditions for a fast time. In the hunt for a PB, runners can take in the sights as they pass famous landmarks such as the Royal Theatre, The National Football Stadium and the National Gallery.



At 20km runners will pass the famous amusement park “Tivoli”, and with less than 500m to go the National Museum of Denmark marks what could be the start of a sprint finish as the runners approach the finish line in front of the Parliament.



“The average temperature in Denmark on 29 March is 9°C and this is also optimal for a fast race,” added Kipketer.



The two-time Olympic silver medallist will join the mass participation race that will take place alongside the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Around 25,000 runners will transform the streets of Copenhagen into a festive running tableau of the championships.



“Denmark is a running nation,” said Kipketer. “The mass participation race sold out in a few hours, but there are still entries for mass participation runners from abroad. The Danish Athletics Federation, Sport Event Denmark and Copenhagen look forward to welcoming the world of running to Denmark in 2014.”



More than 300 elite runners from around 50 nations are expected to participate in Copenhagen for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. In addition 25,000 recreational runners from Denmark and abroad will contribute to the running festivities in the mass participation race.



Organisers for the IAAF

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