General information

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017, 3rd race edition
Date: Sunday 17 September
Race Start: 11:15 am
Labels: IAAF Road Race Gold & European Quality Road Race
Championships: 2017 National Half Marathon Championships

Organisers

Sparta Athletics and Running and the Danish Athletic Federation

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Nordea-fonden

Partners

Sport Event Denmark, the City of Copenhagen, the City of Frederiksberg and Wonderful Copenhagen

Start and finish

Copenhagen Half Marathon commences and finishes on Øster Allé, in the midst of the big city park Fælledparken in Copenhagen. The mixed gender elite race begins concurrently with the mass participation race at 11:15 am.

Number of participants

21,244 participated in 2017. Capacity limit is 25,000.

List of winners 2017

MEN TIME RANK WOMEN TIME
Abraham Cheroben
Bahrain
58:40
RACE RECORD
1 Eunice Chebichii Chumba
Bahrain
1:06:11
RACE RECORD
Jorum Lumbasi Okombo
Kenya
58:48 2 Joan Chelimo Melly
Kenya
1:06:25
Alex Oloitiptip Korio
Kenya
58:51 3 Brigid Jepchirchir Kosgei
Kenya
1:06:35
Albert Kipkosgei Kangogo
Kenya
59:25 4 Roza Dereje
Ethiopia
1:07:23
Leonard Barsoton
Kenya
59:28 5 Meskerem Assefa
Ethiopia
1:07:43
Moses Martin Kurong
Uganda
59:50 6 Agness Jeruto Barsosio
Kenya
1:08:23
Geoffrey Kimutai Koech
Kenya
59:50 7 Paskalia Chepkorir
Kenya
1:08:23
Shura Kitata
Ethiopia
1:00:10 7 Desi Jisa Mokonin
Bahrain
1:09:07

World records

Men: 58:23 min, Zersenay Tadese (ERI), Lisbon 2010
Women: 1t:04:52 , Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN), Prague 2017

Read more about records and rankings on IAAF.org

Current Danish National Records

Men: 1:01,55, Carsten Jørgensen (DEN), 1970
Women: 1:09,48, Dorte Rasmussen (DEN), 1960

Entry

Online entry at cphhalf.com or late entry at the CPH Half Expo.

About the race and the IAAF Gold Label

CPH Half builds on the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships staged in Copenhagen.

As the first road race throughout the Nordic countries, in January 2016, the Copenhagen Half Marathon obtained the IAAF Road Race Silver Label as the sixth half marathon worldwide. Already before the first post World Championships-race edition in 2015 had been held, the race was awarded the IAAF Road Race Bronze Label, and in 2017 it was awarded with the Gold Label, which is considered the most prestigious quality designation.

The criteria that must be fulfilled in order to become an IAAF Label road race event cover areas such as elite field composition, fencing, safety, race timing, communication and broadcasting, etc.

The elite race

The CPH Half attracts a strong international elite field. The CPH Half 2017 was only the second race in history to see three men below 59 minutes. A mere 17 seconds fro world records, the winner time of 58:40 is a number four over the world’s fastest times over the distance in history and the world’s fastest in six years.

These world-lead times have underlined Copenhagen as the currently fastest half marathon course in the world.

The course

Covering most areas of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the course showcases the very best of the Danish capital. The course is extremely fast, at the same time highly spectator-friendly featuring lots of entertainment, power zones and city highlights.

The course has been measured and certified by the Danish Athletic Federation and AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

The course is completely traffic-free and extensively fenced. Vehicular traffic can, however only in certain time periods, cross the course through six gateways throughout the city. Pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed to cross the course when there are no runners present.

The course is available on map.cphhalf.dk/en. or offline here

Demographics

  • 21,6% foreign participants
  • 106 nationalities
  • Gender distribution: 61% men, 39% women
  • Largest age group 25-29 yrs. (14,85%) followed by 40-44 (14%) and 35-39 yrs. (13%).  This means that the age group 25-29 has now become the largest age group compared to 40-44 in 2016.
  • Most participants aged 26.

Top 10 country distribution

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Germany
  4. Great Britain
  5. Norway
  6. France
  7. USA
  8. Italy
  9. Spain
  10. Netherlands
  11. Island

Volunteers

1300 persons are volunteering and working during race week including course marshalls, tech crew, medical crew and much more.

CPH Half Expo

Leading up to the race, a three-day expo is held in Sparta Hallen on Østerbro in Copenhagen. Here the participants collect their race packet containing their bib number with integrated timing chip, a Nike T-shirt and a baggage bag.

Number of visitors: 35,000.

Environment and Social Responsibility

The Copenhagen Half Marathon organization donates excess food to fødevareBanken, a national food bank which collects and distributes excess food to marginalised citizens, and collects running clothes in order to donate it to the Danish Red Cross.

Live Coverage

The race is transmitted live by the national broadcasting company on dr.dk and DR TV and live streamed on cphhalf.com from 11:00 am and on big screens in the start and finish area.

A live transmission recap will be available on cphhalf.com