Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Xiamen to kick off the 2013 marathon season coming Saturday
The 2013 C&D Xiamen International Marathon, traditionally held on the first Saturday of January, will lead the start of the world's 2013 marathon season when it takes off coming Saturday, 5 January at Xiamen, a south eastern coastal city in the Fujian province of China.
It has been an IAAF Gold Label Road Race for the 6th year running and is considered as a leading marathon race in China after Beijing. Its course is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
This year's edition, the 11th, will see a record total number of 73,893 participants from 45 countries competing in various races including 20,549 in full marathon, 19,299 in half marathon and 14,896 in 10km.
Xiamen provides the highest prize money among the marathon events in China with USD40,000 each goes to the winners in the Men and Women Open full marathon categories and a Special Awards of Achievement of USD10,000 for breaking the course record.
There will also be another incentive reward of USD1 million for breaking the world record.
Men (CR 2:07:37 Peter Kamais [KEN] 2012)
Peter Kamais (KEN) - PB 2:07:37 Xiamen 2012- Defending champion
Dickson Kiptolo Chumba (KEN) - PB 2:05:46
Mariko Kiplagat Kipchumba (ETH) - PB 2:06:05
Gebretsadik Abraha Adihana (ETH) - PB 2:06:23
Elias Kemboi Chelimo (KEN) - PB 2:07:04
Women (CR 2:22:38 Zhang Yingying [CHN] 2008)
Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa (KEN) - PB 2:21:41
Eyerusalem Kuma Muta (ETH) - PB 2:24:55
Fatuma Sado Dergo (ETH) - PB 2:26:09
Sultan Haydar (TUR) - PB 2:25:09
Ashete Dido (ETH) - PB 2:31:23