A ceremony in the City of Arts and Sciences today marked the last 100 days before the starting gun is fired for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships 2018 which is already one of the most anticipated athletics events of the year.
The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Athlete Ambassador Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder for the marathon; Carlota Castrejana, corporate and development director of the RFEA (Royal Spanish Athletics Federation); and Paco Borao, president of SD Correcaminos, the local organising committee, participated in the ceremony, which was also attended by the institutions and Elena Tejedor, director of the Fundación Trinidad Alfonso, title partner of the event.
There are only 100 days left before the best athletes in the world set off in search of record times on a fast and unique course in València, the city of running. In 2017 the city was the scene for two record women’s times, one a world record and the other a Spanish record, both achieved in the Valencia Half Marathon. There were also two records set in the Valencia 10K and Marathon. The city is now ready to host what will be the greatest sporting event of 2018.
On 24 March, elite athletes and popular runners from 71 different countries around the world will take part in this unique event in València, achieving their dream by crossing the finish line over the waters of the City of Arts and Sciences. Something which the recordwoman Paula Radlicffe enhances, “I know València and its successful history organizing great events such as the Half Marathon and Marathon Valencia. I also know València is known as the city of running and running is in the hearts of the people in València, which is reflected in their support, participation and organization of the races”. Lastly, Paula has sentenced that “the city wants to see people enjoying running”.
As for Paco Borao, from the local organising committee, has claimed that “the quickest possible course has been designed in order to try and achieve the best and the fastest times. It is a great pride and honor to organize the World Half Marathon Championships”.
Carlota Castrejana, has assured that “from the RFEA we are thrilled. There are 100 days left, but it is an addition of days, emotions, expectations, and ideas. Every day that goes by adds up”. She has also declared that the “success of this World Championships is the public-private organization, which has a very clear idea of how they want their city to be. The task of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation and its ‘Culture of Endeavour’ has penetrated in all of us”. Finally, Carlota has announced that there will be a great selection of Spanish athletes the next 24 March, where there are already 8 classificated athletes with the minimum qualifying time.
High participation in mass race: more than 6,600 registered runners
Thousands of recreational participants in the mass race category will follow in the footsteps of the best half marathon runners in the world when they share the same course with the fastest runners on the planet in a unique race. Entries for the mass race have already exceeded 6,500. For them too, the World Championship Half Marathon has broken into a final sprint towards the starting line: only 100 days to go.