Sunday March 17th, 2019
Distance: Marathon · 10K
The only marathon hosted in the heart of the Korean capital.
Seoul marathon is the oldest marathon race hosted in Asia and
is one of thefastest marathon in the world.
First held in 1931, Seoul marathon is the oldest marathon event
continuously held in Asia, and the second oldest in the world following
the Boston Marathon.
It embodies modern history of Korea, also referred to as
“The Miracle On the Han River”, as the race starts from Gwanghwamun (the palace) -the very heart of South Korean Capital, passes through the city hall and “Cheong-Gye-Cheon” - the testament of Korea’s modern history, and ends in the Seoul Olympic Stadium where 1988 Summer Olympics was held.
|Male||2:06:00||Thomas Kiplagat Rono||31||KEN|
|2nd Male||2:06:12||Elisha Kipchirchir Rotich||28||KEN|
|3rd Male||2:06:24||Mike Kiptum Boit||26||KEN|
|4th Male||2:06:27||Fikre Bekele Tefera||27||ETH|
|Female||2:23:45||Desi Jisa Mokonin||21||BRN|
|2nd Female||2:24:10||Hirut Tibebu Damte||24||ETH|
|3rd Female||2:24:49||Celestine Chepchirchir||23||KEN|
|4th Female||2:25:44||Zinash Mekonen Lema||25||ETH|
(2018) Wilson Erupe Loyanae of Kenya collected a fourth Seoul Marathon title while Damte Hiru of Ethiopia prevailed in the women's contest at this IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (18).
The 29-year-old Loyanae broke from the lead pack in the final five kilometres to take the win in 2:06:57, six seconds clear of compatriot Mark Korir.
Loyanae's first victory in the Korean capital came in 2012, when he clocked a 2:05:37 course record. He won again three years later in 2:06:11 and then successfully defended that title in 2016 in 2:05:13, lowering his course record. He was back last year but in a quality race, finished fifth.
The race opened swiftly. A pack of nine reached five kilometres in 14:49, ten kilometres in 29:39, 15 in 44:41 and 20 in 59:59. The next five-kilometre stretch witnessed a breakaway attempt by Ethiopian Deribe Robi and Kenyan Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir, who built a 10-second lead over the chase pack of seven, reaching the 25-kilometre check point in 1:14:57.
Forging on, the pair extended that lead to 18 seconds five kilometres later but paid for those early ambitions in the next five-kilometre stretch when they were caught by Loyanae, Korir, Benson Kipruto, Marius Kimutai and Filex Kipchirchir.
The next stretch would prove decisive. Loyanae broke away to gradually piece together a five-second lead over Kipruto at 40 kilometres, with Korir hanging on another two second back. In the waning metres, Korir mad up significant ground, passing Kipruto, but unable to catch the leader. Korir clocked 2:07:03 and Kipruto 2:07:11 to clip 10 seconds from his previous lifetime best.
Further back, Kimutai was fourth in 2:07:45 and Kipchirchir fifth in 2:07:57.
The women's race began in similar fashion with a group of eight running together through 20 kilometres in 1::08:06. That group was reduced to five by 25 kilometres: Ethiopians Hiru, Mulu Seboka Seyfu and Gutemi Shone Imana and Kenyans Margaret Agai, the defending champion, and Monica Jepkoech.
But Hiru would soon make her decisive break. The 24-year-old led by 23 seconds at 40 kilometres and went on to take her first career victory over the distance, finishing unchallenged in 2:24:08. Agai and Jepkoech made up some of that ground over the closing stages but still finished well back, clocking 2:24:30 and 2:24:31 to finish second and third. Seboka was next in 2:25:01.
History of Dong Ah Marathon Fame
|3/21/1931||The 1st Marathon Gyeongju (sponsored by the Korea Athletics Association, sponsored by the Dong-A Ilbo Chosun Sports Association)
held 14 miles (23.2km) course between Seoul and Yeongdeungpo
|3/21/1933||The 3rd Gwanghwamun ~ Cheongryangri ~ Mangwooli Changed to the 15-mile course of Kyungchun Highway
Yangjunggobo's Son Gi-jeong won 1 hour 24 minutes 03 seconds
|3/19/1939||The 10th tournament was changed to
Gwanghwamun ~ Naju tong ~ Seodaemun intersection ~ Penglae bridge ~ Han river bridge ~ Nam Kyungseong station square
|1941 ~ 1953||Stopped for 14 years due to repression of Japanese press and war
|April 18, 1954||In 1977, the 50th anniversary of the marathon of the Boston Games
|Aug. 5, 1955||Delayed by the Liberal Party
|April 29, 1964||Performed in full course (42.195km) and renovated by Dong-A Marathon
|1965||Lee Myung-jung (KEPCO) 2 hours 21 minutes 21 seconds
|3/13/1966||Kim Bok-rae (Coal Corporation) 2 hours 19 minutes 07 seconds Breaking the 20-meter barrier|
|1970||For the first time, it invited foreign players such as Canada and Japan to develop into international convention
Seoul Playground - changed to flat course of round trip to Uijeongbu
Kim Chihwan (KEPCO) 2 hours 17 minutes 34 seconds
|1973||Kim Chihwan (KEPCO) 2 hours 17 minutes 01 seconds|
|1974||Moon Hong-joo (Konkuk University) 2 hours 16 minutes 15 seconds|
|1977||Japan's Masuda is the first foreign winner|
|1978||Han-Do Drug ~ Transition to round-trip course|
|1979||Girls 'and boys' high school 10km was established.|
|1980||Korea's first female 30km division won the Eun-joo (Minting & Construction) with 2 hours 02:08|
|March 28, 1982||Hosted by Seoul International Marathon hosted by KBS
7,466 participants including domestic masters
|1983||Changed course to Jamsil Stadium ~ Gyeonggi-do Seongnam City Mental Cultural Institute|
|1984||Lee Hong-ryeol (Kyunghee University) Breaking down the 15 minute wall of the village and winning 2 hours 14 minutes 59 seconds|
|1986||Yoo Jae-sung (Korea National University of Fine Arts) 2 hours 14 minutes 06 seconds|
|1987||Lee Jong-hee (Cheil Jedang) 2 hours 12 minutes 21 seconds|
|1988||Held at the Olympic course|
|1990||Kim Wan-ki (Kolon) 2 hours 11 minutes 34 seconds|
|1991||Hwang Young-joo, 3rd place in full course first challenge|
|1992||Held at Chuncheon-am Amphitheater|
|1993||Kim Wan-ki (Kolon) held the best record in the domestic tournament with 2 hours
|1994||Changed name to Dong-A International Marathon and 65th Dong-A Marathon
Kim Wan-ki (Kolon) 2 hours 08 minutes 34 seconds
|1995||Lee (Cologne) 2 hours 10 minutes 58 seconds to win
the Masters 162 people attend a full course Division
|1996||Martin Pizz (Spain) 2 hr 08 min 25 sec.|
|1997||Masters Full Course, Half Course, 10km, 5km|
|March 29, 1998||6,931 Masters attended the opening ceremony of Mass Marathon|
|March 21, 1999||Masters 11,303 players participated in the Korean sports history single event for the first time 10,000 participants|
|March 19, 2000||Changed the course to Seoul in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Dong-A Ilbo
Revived international convention in three years
|March 18, 2001||The women's division was also promoted to the international convention and won with Yunsun Sook 2 hour 32 minutes 09 seconds|
|Apr. 21, 2002||1st National Marathon Competition and Masters Competition held in Anmyeondo
High school team 13 men, 9 women and 5,690 masters participated
|March 17, 2002||
Won theWorld Cup successWonrepresentative countries of 32 countries participating marathonersDong-A Seoul International Marathon for the first time in the history of Korean marathon Asahi Japan, foreign broadcasting companies such as China CCTV broadcast
|March 16, 2003||3 consecutive broadcasting stations for 2 consecutive years (Korea KBS, China CCTV, Japan TV Tokyo)|
|September 28, 2003||The marathon race across the country and held at the Baekje Big Gil Masters Competition Princess|
|March 26, 2004||The 3rd National Marathon|
|October 10, 2004||2004 Holding the Marathon in Baekje Village|
|March 12, 2006||Over 20,000 Masters participants in Korea|
|Oct. 21, 2007||Revived Gyeongju International Marathon|
|March 21, 2010||Seoul International Marathon held as the only gold label competition in Korea|
|Oct 8, 2011||Name changed from Baekje Marathon to the Princess Marathon|
|March 18, 2012||The highest number of domestic marathon tournaments Wilson Roya na Eeroupe (2:05:37)|
|Oct 7, 2012||Princess marathon 5km (princess course) was newly established.|
|2013.3.15||Established Seoul Challenge 10K division|