World's Best Upcoming Races

Sunday December 5th, 2021
Valencia, Spain
Distance: Marathon · 10K

Sammy Kiprop Kitwara set a Spanish all-comers’ record at the 2017 Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, the 31-year-old Kenyan produced a 2:05:15 effort to finish almost a full minute inside the previous record, moving to seventh on this year’s world list in the process.

Ethiopia’s Aberu Mekuria Zennebe won the women’s race in 2:26:17 to improve on her fourth-place finish from last year. The 33-year-old finished almost a minute ahead of Belarusian Volha Mazuronak.

The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon is held annually in the historic city of Valencia which, with its entirely flat circuit and perfect November temperature, averaging between 12-17 degrees, represents the ideal setting for hosting such a long-distance sporting challenge. This, coupled with the most incomparable of settings, makes the Valencia Marathon, Valencia, one of the most important events in the national calendar.

In the 2015 edition, the race beat all time records with the best on Spanish soil in history, obtained by the athlete John Nzau Mwangangi with a 2:06:13 crono. In addition, as every year the race surpassed the registered participants in the test with a figure that rose above the 17,000 participants.

The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon was awarded IAAF Road Race Gold Label in 2016, which proves that it is one of the best 42,195 meter races in the world. More than 19,000 runners gathered together at the start line of the marathon. The winners were Victor Kipchirchir in the male category with a time of 2:07:38 and Valary Jemeli Aiyabei, who did the best time in the history of Spain and crossed the finish line in 2:24:49 improving the time she had done in Barcelona in the same year.

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