World's Best Upcoming Races

Sunday December 4th, 2022
Valencia, Spain
Distance: Marathon · 10K

Valencia will once again become the epicentre of the running world when it holds the 41st Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP, a race that in 2021 wants to continue making history by beating the course record (2h03mins, fourth fastest in the world) and getting closer to the longed-for world record in the men`s category and by becoming the best women`s race of the year.

And to achieve this will count on some of the best athletes in the world including the Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor, Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto, and the Ethiopians Mule Wasihun, Getaneh Molla, Kinde Atenaw and Andamlak Belihu.

In the women`s category, the aim of the race organisers, S.D. Correcaminos and Valencia City Council, is to go under 2h20mins for the 3rd year in a row. To achieve this, Ethiopia`s Guteni Shone (2:20:11), Azmera Gebru (2:20:48), and Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40) and Kenya`s Bornes Chepkirui (2:21:26) will travel to the City of Running. Completing the line-up so far are Uganda`s Juliet Chekwel (2:23:13) and Ethiopia`s Rhahma Tusa (2:23:46).

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.

The Prize is 321,800 EUROs

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