More than 14,000 people from over 60 countries took part, on Sunday, in the fifth edition of the OMV Petrom Bucharest Half Marathon, an event organised by the Bucharest Running Club (BRC).
Kenya’s Birech Cosmas Jairus Kipchoge won the marathon in 01:02:30, followed by fellow nationals Makau Nicholas Mulinge (01:02:52) and Kemoi Daniel (01:03:06).
Ethiopia’s Arissi Dire Tune won the women’s international race in 01:13:24.
The Volkswagen Individual Race (10.5 kilometres) was won by Romania’s George Preda (00:33:50) in the men’s event and Romania’s Denisa Dragomir (00:39:41) in the women’s event.
The Vodafone Relay race was won by Romania’s Sporter Run and Team 1. Team 1 consisted of Alexandru Corneschi, Ionut Zaizan and Marius Ionescu. The latter will represent Romania at the Rio Olympic Games.
Florin Anghel (men’s event) and Florentina Buga (women’s event) won the Mega Image Popular Race. The Bucharest Half Marathon featured the first Teenagers’ Race, won by Filip Tutu (men’s event) and Gabriela Caraiani (women’s event).
Apart from amateur and professional runners, social and sport personalities from Romania and abroad took part in the event, including Olympic champion gymnast Andreea Raducan.
The novelty of this edition was the presence of an 8+1 Olympic champions’ team (Viorica Susanu, Doina Ignat, Georgeta Andrunache, Veronica Cochela, Elena Georgescu, Camelia Macoviciuc, Camelia Lupascu, Laura Oprea and Madalina Beres) that took part in the 10-km race. Their participation in the event is unique in the history of marathons all over the world.