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Belgrade Marathon
2017 Belgrade Marathon.jpg
2017 Belgrade Marathon
DateMid-April
LocationBelgrade, Serbia Serbia
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, half marathon, 10K run, dm Women's run
Primary sponsoriDEA, Sava
Established1988 (34 years ago) (1988)
Course recordsMen's: 2:10:54 (2006)
Kenya Japhet Kosgei
Women's: 2:29:44 (2001)
Romania Cristina Pomacu
Official siteBelgrade Marathon
Participants668 finishers (2022)[1]
498 (2021)
985 (2019)
Serbian postage stamp featuring the 30th Belgrade Marathon in 2017
Serbian postage stamp featuring the 30th Belgrade Marathon in 2017
Winners of 29th Belgrade Marathon (2016)
Winners of 29th Belgrade Marathon (2016)Abel Kibet Rop (blue jersey) from KenyaStella Barsosio Jeptenegich from Ethiopia
Abel Kibet Rop (blue jersey) from Kenya
Winners of 30th Belgrade Marathon (2017)
Winners of 30th Belgrade Marathon (2017)Stephen Katam from KenyaOlivera Jevtić from Serbia
Stephen Katam from Kenya
Start line in 2014
Start line in 2014

The Belgrade Marathon is a marathon race held annually in Belgrade since 1988. It is typically held in mid-April and also features a half marathon and a fun run for the public. The Belgrade Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in Serbia.

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Marathon

Marathon

The marathon is a long-distance foot race with a distance of 42.195 km, usually run as a road race, but the distance can be covered on trail routes. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions. More than 800 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes, as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

Belgrade

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula. Nearly 2.5 million people live within the administrative limits of the City of Belgrade. It is the third largest of all cities on the Danube river.

Half marathon

Half marathon

A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 kilometres —half the distance of a marathon. It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon or a 5K race, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts. If finisher medals are awarded, the medal or ribbon may differ from those for the full marathon. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.

Fun run

Fun run

A fun run is a friendly race that involves either road running or cross country running with participants taking part for their own enjoyment rather than competition. A fun run will usually be held to raise funds for a charity, with sponsors providing the revenue to cover organisational costs. Fun runs can include novelty categories, such as wearing costumes, and age categories for child, teen, and mature. Fun runs can also be included as a side event to a marathon or other more serious races. Motorcycle, snowmobile, and other motorized vehicle events are also sometimes categorized as "fun runs". One of the biggest annual fun runs in Europe is "la Cursa El Corte Inglés" in Barcelona with about 55,000 participants.

Serbia

Serbia

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Southeastern and Central Europe, situated at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. It shares land borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, and Montenegro to the southwest, and claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. Serbia with Kosovo has about 8.6 million inhabitants. Its capital Belgrade is also the largest city.

History

A marathon existed in 1910 from Obrenovac to Belgrade.

A group of enthusiasts came up with a plan to restore the 1910 race. The first modern marathon in Belgrade took place on 8 May 1988.[2] It was 23 km (14 mi) long, and only Yugoslavian athletes participated.[3]

The track length of the 1989 marathon was 46.7 km (29.0 mi), with the start and finish being in front of the Federal Parliament Building.

Since 1990 the Belgrade Marathon has a standard 42.195 km (26.219 mi) length.

The 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia did not prevent the marathon from taking place that year, and on April 17 the race was held as a metered group run.[4] About 40 runners from nine countries crossed the finish line at 3 hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds. The runners from NATO countries were Seine Brenson from the US, and Michael Turzynski and Heinz Lorber from Germany. The latter two are also founding members of the German 100 Marathon Club.

The Yugoslav Sport Society "Partizan" took it upon itself to organize the marathon. The City of Belgrade, its departments and communal services helped organize the event. Also involved were the executive bodies of city government, the Army of Serbia, the Serbian Police, and a number of sponsors. In September 2003, Belgrade declared that the Marathon is an event of special importance for the city. The same organisers also arrange the Belgrade Race Through History, a race around the city's Kalemegdan fortress, which started in 1996.[5]

In 2020, the race was initially postponed to 18 October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6] However, the marathon was eventually cancelled after the organizers were unable to secure approval to hold the marathon with coronavirus controls in place.[7][8] In 2022 race, there was 668 finishers (105 women's and 563 men's) from 41 countries. [1]

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Obrenovac

Obrenovac

Obrenovac is a municipality of the city of Belgrade. According to the 2011 census results, the municipality has a population of 71,419 inhabitants, while the urban area has 24,568 inhabitants.

Belgrade

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula. Nearly 2.5 million people live within the administrative limits of the City of Belgrade. It is the third largest of all cities on the Danube river.

Racing

Racing

In sport, racing is a competition of speed, in which competitors try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves traversing some distance, but it can be any other task involving speed to reach a specific goal.

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia was a country in Southeast Europe and Central Europe for most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918 under the name of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes by the merger of the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs with the Kingdom of Serbia, and constituted the first union of the South Slavic people as a sovereign state, following centuries in which the region had been part of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary. Peter I of Serbia was its first sovereign. The kingdom gained international recognition on 13 July 1922 at the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris. The official name of the state was changed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia on 3 October 1929.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified from an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Attempts to contain failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 24 November 2022, the pandemic had caused more than 639 million cases and 6.62 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Other races

In addition to the marathon, the event also holds three other races.

  • The Kids Marathon is a race for children
  • The Fun Run is the event with the most participants (5 km)
  • The Half-marathon is a half-distance marathon that is in accordance with world standards

Winners

The men's race in 2006
The men's race in 2006
William Kwambai Kipchumba topped the podium in 2008
William Kwambai Kipchumba topped the podium in 2008
   Course record
   Serbian championship race
Date Men's winner Time[a] Women's winner Time[a] Rf.
2023.04.23 TBN TBN
2022.05.15  Feyissa Mulgeta (ETH) 2:12:57  Tsedal Gebretsadik (ETH) 2:34:00 [9][1][10]
2021.06.06  Silviu Stoica (ROM) 2:34:43  Nevena Jovanović (SRB) 3:12:27
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [7]
2019.04.14  Isaac Kiprop (KEN) 2:16:54  Judith Jeptum (KEN) 2:45:04
2018.04.21  Kristijan Stošić (SRB) 2:45:23  Nora Trklja (SRB) 3:08:46
2017.04.22  Stephen Katam (KEN) 2:21:12  Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 2:38:03
2016.04.17  Albert Rop (KEN) 2:23:59  Stella Barsosio (KEN) 2:43:41 [11][12]
2015.04.18  Silas Sang (KEN) 2:14:42  Abebu Gelan (ETH) 2:34:14
2014.04.27  Bernard Talam (KEN) 2:14:35  Valary Aiyabei (KEN) 2:37:08
2013.04.21  Edwin Kitum (KEN) 2:19:34  Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 2:36:12
2012.04.22  James Barmasai (KEN) 2:16:01  Mary Ptikani (KEN) 2:42:47
2011.04.17  Gebrselassie Tsegaye (ETH) 2:14:41  Frasiah Waithaka (KEN) 2:34:31
2010.04.18  Johnstone Maiyo (KEN) 2:16:23  Hellen Mugo (KEN) 2:41:19
2009.04.18  Victor Kigen (KEN) 2:13:28  Anne Kosgei (KEN) 2:34:51
2008.04.19  William Kipchumba (KEN) 2:14:03  Natalia Chatkina (BLR) 2:46:24
2007.04.21  John Maluni (KEN) 2:11:53  Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 2:35:46
2006.04.22  Japhet Kosgei (KEN) 2:10:54  Halina Karnatsevich (BLR) 2:34:35
2005.04.23  Medeksa Derba (ETH) 2:12:10  Inga Abitova (RUS) 2:38:20
2004.04.24  Christopher Isengwe (TAN) 2:12:53  Rose Nyangacha (KEN) 2:35:55
2003.10.18[b]  Benson Ogato (KEN) 2:14:48  Zhanna Malkova (RUS) 2:40:24
2002.04.20  Geoffrey Kinyua (KEN) 2:18:48  Rodica Chiriţă (ROM) 2:40:55
2001.04.21  Mluleki Nobanda (RSA) 2:15:11  Cristina Pomacu (ROM) 2:29:44
2000.04.22  Thabiso Moqhali (LES) 2:15:08  Cristina Pomacu (ROM) 2:36:54
1999.04.17 official group run as demonstration against NATO bombing of Yugoslavia 3:15:16
1998.04.25  Reuben Chebutich (KEN) 2:12:51  Irina Bogacheva (KGZ) 2:32:07
1997.04.19  Josephat Ndeti (KEN) 2:13:38  Irina Bogacheva (KGZ) 2:34:57
1996.04.20  Hussein Salah (DJI) 2:14:15  Izabela Zatorska (POL) 2:36:51
1995.04.22  Vladimir Kotov (BLR) 2:14:00  Izabela Zatorska (POL) 2:40:27
1994.04.23  Vladimir Bukhanov (UKR) 2:12:28  Cristina Pomacu (ROM) 2:33:08
1993.04.24  Jacob Ngunzu (KEN) 2:16:09  Suzana Ćirić (YUG) 2:40:27
1992.04.25  Nicolas Nyengerai (ZIM) 2:16:07  Garifa Blaizanova (KAZ) 2:45:12
1991.05.04  Agapius Masong (TAN) 2:16:23  Karla Mališová (TCH) 2:47:10 [13][2][14]
1990.05.05  Joseph Nzau (KEN) 2:19:32  Suzana Ćirić (YUG) 2:45:08 [13][2]
1989.05.06  Dragan Isailović (YUG) 2:34:48[c]  Suzana Ćirić (YUG) 3:03:21[c] [13][2]
1988.05.08  Rifat Zilkić (YUG) 1:09:02[d]  Radislavka Racić (YUG) no data [3][2][13]

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Nevena Jovanović

Nevena Jovanović

Nevena Jovanović is a Serbian professional women's basketball player who plays for Basket Landes of the Ligue Féminine. She also represents the Serbian national basketball team.

Abebu Gelan

Abebu Gelan

Abebu Gelan Adugna is an Ethiopian female long-distance runner who competes mainly in road running competitions. She has represented Ethiopia three times internationally, competing as a junior at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2007, then twice as a senior at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. She was a team gold medallist at the 2008 World Half Marathon. Her half marathon best of 67:57 minutes was achieved in 2009. This time was a world junior best for the distance.

Hellen Mugo

Hellen Mugo

Hellen Wanjiku Mugo is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathon races. She has won marathons in Belgrade, Carpi, Mombasa and Košice. Her personal best is 2:27:16 hours, set in Carpi.

Anne Kosgei

Anne Kosgei

Anne Jepkemboi Kosgei is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in road running, including the marathon. She has won her first marathon races in San Sebastián and Trieste, and went on to win both the Belgrade Marathon and Venice Marathon in 2009. She set her personal best of 2:27:46 at the latter competition.

Japhet Kosgei

Japhet Kosgei

Japhet Kosgei is a retired long-distance runner from Kenya, who won several marathons during his career, including the 1999 edition of the Rotterdam Marathon and 2006 Belgrade Marathon. His personal best is 2:07:09. He won the Lisbon Half Marathon 1999.

Halina Karnatsevich

Halina Karnatsevich

Halina Karnatsevich, née Baruk is a Belarusian long-distance runner.

Inga Abitova

Inga Abitova

Inga Eduardovna Abitova is a Russian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 10,000 metres and the marathon. She was the 2006 European Champion in the 10,000 m and reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Christopher Isengwe

Christopher Isengwe

Christopher Isengwe is a Tanzanian long-distance athlete competing mainly in the marathon.

Mluleki Nobanda

Mluleki Nobanda

Mluleki Nobanda is a South African long-distance runner who competes in half marathons and marathons. He was a team gold medallist at the 1999 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships with Hendrick Ramaala and Abner Chipu after finishing tenth with a personal best time of 62:17 minutes.

Cristina Pomacu

Cristina Pomacu

Cristina Pomacu is a female long-distance runner from Romania who mainly competed in the marathon. She is a triple winner of the annual Belgrade Marathon, and twice won the silver medal at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) carried out an aerial bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. The air strikes lasted from 24 March 1999 to 10 June 1999. The bombings continued until an agreement was reached that led to the withdrawal of Yugoslav armed forces from Kosovo, and the establishment of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, a UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. The official NATO operation code name was Operation Allied Force whereas the United States called it Operation Noble Anvil; in Yugoslavia the operation was incorrectly called Merciful Angel, possibly as a result of a misunderstanding or mistranslation.

Irina Bogacheva (athlete)

Irina Bogacheva (athlete)

Irina Bogacheva is a retired Kyrgyzstani long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics with the best result of 14th place in 2000.

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Notes
  1. ^ a b h:m:s
  2. ^ Postponed from April to October, due to state of emergency in the country, following the assassination of prime minister Zoran Đinđić.
  3. ^ a b Course was 46.7 km (29.0 mi) in length.[2][13]
  4. ^ Course was 23 km (14 mi) in length.[2][13]
References
  1. ^ a b c "35. Belgrade Marathon, 15.05.2022 : : My.race|result". my.raceresult.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Belgrade Marathon".
  3. ^ a b "Rifat Zilkić, pobjednik prvog Beogradskog maratona - Snews". www.snews.rs. Archived from the original on 2020-09-25.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (1999-10-11). Paul Tergat to race through history. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  5. ^ The Belgrade Race Through History Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Belgrade Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  6. ^ "Beogradski Maraton | Vest | 33rd Belgrade Marathon is postponed F".
  7. ^ a b "Beogradski Maraton | Vest | Beogradski maraton nije dobio odobren".
  8. ^ ""Dragi trkači i trkačice, Beogradski maraton je otkazan..."". 28 September 2020.
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  10. ^ "TANJUG | Dominacija Etiopljana: Mulgeta Feisa i Tsedal Čekole pobedni…". Archived from the original on 3 June 2022.
  11. ^ "World Athletics - Albert Rop". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  12. ^ "World Athletics - Stella Barsosio". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". fedorabg.bg.ac.rs. Archived from the original on 18 October 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201019033101/https://www.behej.com/bezecke-tabulky/zavodnici/2643-malisova-karla
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