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Yellow River Estuary International Marathon

Saturday May 5th, 2018
Dongying, China
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon · 5K

As of Nov 28, 2018 no confirm 2019 date has been announced.

Over 30,000 runners participate in the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon.

The Yellow River Estuary International Marathon was first held in 2008 and has continued to grow in popularity every year.

This IAAF Silver Label Road Race attracts over 6,000 runners in the marathon portion alone and another 24,000 participants run in the other events.

The marathon takes place in Dongying, a port city in south China. In 2016, there were several professional runners that participated in the marathon in addition to many amateur runners.

Roughly a dozen runners completed the race below a time of 2:10:00. However, it was Dickson Kipsang Tuwei from Kenya that won the men’s marathon by setting a course record with a time of 2:09:27.

While the women’s marathon saw Eunice Chumba of Bahrain, a first-time marathon winner, prevail with a time of 2:31:13.

Race Route
The marathon begins and ends at the Dongying Municipal Government Building and then weaves through the city by means of historic streets like Yizhou Road, Fuqian Street, and Dongliu Road. The majority of the race route is flat and low-lying, with part of the route following the scenic Yellow River.

After the race, many runners and spectators learn more about the Yellow River Estuary region by exploring the nearby Swan Lake River Scenic Area and Shengli Yellow River Bridge.

Marathon Date and Weather
The Yellow River Estuary International Marathon has historically been held on relatively warm days, reaching nearly 86°F (30°F) some years.

In an effort to create more favorable running conditions for its participants, organizers have moved up the starting time and date. The starting time for the 2016 race was set at 7:30 am, instead of 8:00 am, to try to beat the heat. Also, the most recent race was held in April instead of May.

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Race Date: 05/05/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:13:28 Joel Kemboi Kimurer 25 Kenya
2nd Male 2:13:44 Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei 32 Kenya
3rd Male 2:13:47 Abayneh Ayele Woldegiorgis 29 Ethiopia
Female 2:24:47 Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea 21 Ethiopia
2nd Female 2:27:47 Yebrgual Melese Arage 22 Ethiopia
3rd Female 2:28:27 Peris Jerono 18 Kenya
Division Time Name Age Home
F 40-49 03:20:52 Li Xia 41 China
Yellow River Estuary International Marathon

1) Awards for ranking finishers:

a. Top eight finishers in Men's and Women's Marathon will be issued with bonus (see the chart below).
Men’s
Women’s
Rankings
Bonus
(USD)
Time
Rankings
Bonus
(USD)
Time
1st
40000
within 2:09:30 (not included)
1st
40000
within 2:28:00 (not included)
20000
more than 2:09:30 included
20000
more than 2:28:00included
2nd
16000
within 2:12:00 (not included)
2nd
16000
within 2:30:00 (not included)
12000
more than 2:12:00included
12000
more than 2:30:00included
3rd
8000
within 2:13:00 (not included)
3rd
8000
within 2:31:00 (not included)
6000
more than 2:13:00included
6000
more than 2:31:00included
4th
5000
4th
5000
5th
3000
5th
3000
6th
2500
6th
2500
7th
2000
7th
2000
8th
1500
8th
1500

2) Record Award: USD 10000 will be awarded to Yellow River Estuary (Dongying) International Marathon record breakers; Men (within 2:09:27, not included), Women (within 2:25:01, not included). The award will be given only to the first finisher.

3) Time Award: This award is issued to runners for their highest performance, non-accumulative. The award will be given only to the first finisher.
Men’s
Women’s
Time
Bonus (USD)
Time
Bonus (USD)
Within 2:06:19 (included)
40000
Within 2:19:39(included)
40000
2:06:202:08:00 (included)
20000
2:08:012:09:00 (included)
10000
2:19:402:25:00 (included)
10000
2:09:012:10:00 (included)
3000
2:10:012:11:00 (included)
2000
4) Special award for Chinese runners:
Chinese athletes who can reach the following result requirements will be awarded with bonus (see the chart below)
Men’s
Women’s
Rankings
Result Requirement
Bonus(RMB)
Rankings
Result Requirement
Bonus(RMB)
1st
Within 2:14:00 (included)
30000
1st
2:29:00 (included)
30000
2nd
20000
2nd
20000
3rd
10000
3rd
10000

The Yellow River Estuary International Marathonhas an out and back course that takes runners through the city of Dongying, China.

The city is located in the north of Shandong Province, along the picturesque Yellow River.

The Yellow River is the second longest river in all of Asia and the sixth longest river in the world.

After flowing through nine different provinces throughout China, the Yellow River then empties into the Yellow River Estuary in Dongying.

One of the most scenic and popular spots along the Yellow River delta is Swan Lake.

Giving the lake its name is that fact that large numbers of swans gather at the lake, making for quite the beautiful display.

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