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Valencia starts the countdown to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2018 by opening registration for the general public

  • The registration period has now opened for members of the general public wishing to take part in this world championship event on 24 March 2018, which will pass through the streets of the City of Running

València, 24 March 2017- There is just one year to go until the City of Running’s date with fate in 2018. The starter pistol has sounded for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship, which will take place in Valencia on 24 March 2018, with the opening of registration to the general public. Runners of all levels will be able to take part in and enjoy this unique event alongside the world’s best middle-distance athletes.

“One of the main sporting events of the world and that will take the name of the Valencia city by the whole planet”.
Sandra Gómez

The countdown got under way at the City of Arts and Science, the location for the starting and finishing line for this unique event, which will take place in 365 days time. The start of the countdown was attended by the city’s vice-mayor Sandra Gómez; the president of the Spanish Athletics Federation, Raúl Capado; and Paco Borao, the president of AIMs and SD Correcaminos

This special World Championships event, run over a distance of 21 kilometres, is celebrated in a city every two years and Valencia takes over the baton from Cardiff by offering elite male and female athletes the best possible route. Runners from the general public will have a unique opportunity to run along a new course on this special occasion and under particularly special conditions as it will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 24 March next year in the city that holds the national records for the marathon and half marathon.

Information on the next IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, in which both elite runners and the general public can take part, as well as registration forms for this event, are now available on the event’s official website at