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Gothenburg Half Marathon

Saturday May 18th, 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon

Run through the heart of one of Scandinavia's most beautiful cities. The course will be lined with over 200,000 enthusiastic and sports interested spectators. Gothenburgs central location in Scandinavia makes it easy to reach by plane, boat, train or car. Göteborgsvarvet is an annual half marathon running competition in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It is the largest annual running competition in Sweden, and the largest half-marathon running competition in the world, with more than 62,000 entries. The race takes place in May, and has beenorganized annually since 1980. It starts outside, and finishes in, the old athletics arena Slottsskogsvallen in the Slottsskogen park. It takes off northwards over the large suspension bridge Älvsborg Bridge, follows the north bank to the Göta älv river, and returns over the Göta Älv Bridge, goes through the inner city, before reaching the finish. The race has hosted the Swedish national championship race on four occasions (1995, 2007, 2009 and 2012).

Become part of the world's largest half marathon! Göteborgsvarvet has been organized since 1980, just over 1.4 million runners have participated in the race.The course extends through a vibrant Gothenburg with an audience of approximately 200,000 people.

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Race Date: 05/19/2018 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 01:01:31 Kimining, Shadrack 22 KEN
2nd Male 01:01:42 Kipsang, Emmanuel 27 KEN
3rd Male 01:02:23 Langat, Leonard 28 KEN
4th Male 01:02:36 Mengich, Richard 29 KEN
Female 01:09:06 Belete Tola, Meseret 17 ETH
2nd Female 01:09:56 Gudeta, Bekelech 21 ETH
3rd Female 01:10:39 Mutai, Beatrice 31 KEN
4th Female 01:10:53 Asefa, Sutume 24 ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 01:15:30 Hasan, Dahir 48 SWE
M 50-59 01:18:00 Brümmer, Carl 50 SWE
M 60-69 01:27:02 Huhtala, Matti 60 SWE
M 70+ 01:39:47 Sandelin, Hans-Olov 70 SWE
F 40-49 01:24:34 Berggren, Camilla 43 SWE
F 50-59 01:27:08 Schön, Karin 56 SWE
F 60-69 01:38:36 Berg, Christel 64 SWE
F 70+ 01:56:05 Lind, Bibbi 74 SWE
Gothenburg Half Marathon

THE LAST FIVE YEARS AFTER START IN 1980

1980

1,800 runners started in the city center at Heden and finished in the Ullevi Stadium. Sunny and 30 degrees Celsius.

2013

45,015 runners completed Göteborgsvarvet of 2013 — a new record. The race was a tough task due to the extreme weather with almost 30 degrees Celsius on some parts of the course and strong headwinds. National TV broadcasted the race again contributing to increased nationwide attention. Göteborgsvarvetacquired an Environmental Diploma and raised another 1.3 million SEK for donation to our charity partners.

For the first time, a relay race — Varvsstafetten— was organized which was a huge success with almost 400 participating teams. The Expo had once again over 85,00 visitors.

2014

83,064 runners registered to one of the races during the Göteborgsvarvet week — a new record. From the half marathon, 36% of the runners were women, 1,000 more than in 2013.

This year, Göteborgsvarvet was awarded an Environmental Diploma, one step closer to an even more sustainable event. For example, only vegetarian food was served to the race officials.1.3 million SEK was donated to our charity partners. The Expo was expanded with a speakers’ corner and a scene program. Starting 2016 the Expo will be held in the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center.

2015

Runners from 64 countries participated in the world’s largest half marathon on May 23, 2015. During the week several different races and activities took place. The youngest runners, almost 8000 participants up to the age of 6, participated during the two days of Minivarvet. For the third year in a row, Stafettvarvet attracted approximately 700 teams. Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gabriel Wikström, paid a visit to Göteborgsvarvet making it his half marathon debut. Recently published author of Löparens Hjärta (Runner’s Heart), Marcus Torgeby, participated by testing the course for the Göteborgsvarvet Marathon 2021 by running the Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon course twice.

Worknesh Degefa, from Ethiopia, ran an impressive race when she beat the Göteborgsvarvet’s record with 51 seconds. Degefa was in the lead for the majority of the race and once she crossed the finish line she was only 13 seconds away from finishing with the magical time of 68 minutes. The third time was the charm for Richard Mengich from Kenya running in the men’s class. He came in first place after coming second and third the years before. Two local runners were the top Swedish runners. Therese Olin, Ullevi FK, that live onekilometer from the starting line was the fastest amongst the Swedish women.

2016

Great news for Göteborgsvarvet was the new fair Göteborgsvarvet Expo, which was arranged in the Swedish Exhibition Center in the center of Gothenburg. Göteborgsvarvet also started offering the participants free public transport during three days of the week.

Most memorable was the amazing course record – 59.35 – by Richard Mengich from Kenya. A new time in absolute world class! Viola Jepchumpa, Kenya, also broke the course record in the women’s class with the time 68.01.

In Göteborgsvarvet 2016, the participants collected 1,5 million to charity and in total Göteborgsvarvet has contributed with 7,5 million since 2011 to different charitable causes.

2017

About 80,000 runners, from 92 nations, were registered to one of the seven races of the Göteborgsvarvet-Week 2017. Saturday morning it was very hot, up to 27C degrees, and the forecast predicted tough weather. But so suddenly the temperature fell 12 degrees in a couple of hours and it became the closest perfect weather for both participants and audiences.

The elite competition was incredibly exciting and the track record on the ladies side with a time below the dream limit of 68 minutes was of course special. Two home classes in the SM classes, Malin Beach and Mustafa Mohamed were also two highlights.

THE COURSE

The course starts in one of Gothenburgs most beautiful parks outside historic Slottsskogsvallen Athletic Arena - the site of many world records. You will circle the city crossing over two bridges, which will give you an outstanding view of Gothenburg and its harbour. Before finishing in Slottsskogsvallen Athletic Arena you will pass through Gothenburgs picturesque city centre.

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