Over 10,000 runners from more than 55 countries have taken part in the 8th edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon. The men’s race was won by Kenya’s Kimeli Patrick Kiprono, in 2 hours 13 minutes and 16 seconds, followed by Gonfa Bonsa Atomsa (2:17:44) and Kigen Cosmas (2:19:27). The women’s race was won by Ethiopia’s Wakjira Zeritu Begashaw (2 hours, 48 minutes, 52 seconds), followed by Debelus Shewaye Gemechu (2:49:07) and Otero Gladys Kerubo (2:49:28). Todoran Paula Claudia, winner of the 2014 Marathon, finished on 4th place with a time of 2:52:46. The semi-marathon race was won by Kenya’s Kiprono Justus Kipchirchir (1 hour, 4 minutes and 7 seconds).
The event also hosted the National Marathon Championship organized by the Romanian Athletics Federation. For the first time, the length of the marathon track was extended to 33 kilometers and the 42.195-km race was more scenic compared to previous editions.
The 30 years old winner told Agerpres, “It is the fourth time I come to Bucharest, but I am very glad I won this race now. I am very happy with this result.”
Ethiopia’s Warjik Zeritu won the women’s race in 2:48:5, followed by fellow countrywoman Shewye Deebelu in 2:49:04 and Ethiopian Gladys Othero in 2:49:26.
The event included the National Marathon Championship of the Romanian Athletics Federation, a semi-marathon on 21.097 km, a 4×10.5 km relay and a popular race on 3.6 km. Children races on 0.85 km for 5-6 and 6-7 years old, and on 1.4 km for 9-10 and 11-12 years old were held on Saturday. The event was also an occasion to collect funds for healthcare and environmental NGOs.
Constantina Dita-Tomescu, Olympic marathon champion in Beijing (2008), ran the semi-marathon on Sunday, and afterwards she declared: “I feel very good at this event, because it’s home. I always feel good running in Romania. It was quite difficult for me, as I have not run a semi-marathon in about five years.”