Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018, 4th race edition
Date: Sunday 16 September
Race Start: 11:15 am
Labels: IAAF Road Race Gold & European Quality Road Race
Championships: 2018 National Half Marathon Championships
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
22,248 participated in 2018. Capacity limit is 25,000.
List of winners 2018
Ababel Yeshaneh Brihane
|Jemal Yimer Mekonnen
Joan Chelimo Melly
|Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo
|59:28||6||Bekelech Gudeta Borecha
|59:52||7||Hiwot Gebrekidan Gebremaryam
Men: 58:23 min, Zersenay Tadese (ERI), Lisbon 2010
Women: 1t:04:51 , Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN), Valencia 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
Online entry at cphhalf.com starting December 1st.
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. The CPH Half 2018 had the world’s fastest ever top 10 male runner list. A mere 17 seconds from world records, the winner time of 58:40 is a number four over the world’s fastest times over the distance in history.
These world-lead times have underlined Copenhagen as the currently fastest half marathon course in the world.
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.
- 23,78% foreign participants
- 115 nationalities
- Gender distribution: 61% men, 39% women
- Largest age group 25-29 yrs followed by the year groups from 30 – 49
- Average age is 38 years.
Top 10 country distribution
- Great Britain
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.
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