València will host the 23rd edition of the IAAF Half Marathon World Championships in 2018. La Ciudad del Running continues its rise as one of the world’s running capitals and all eyes will be on València in March 2018 to see who will lift the trophy under the blue skies of València. València was announced as the venue for the World Championship in Monaco by the IAAF, beating out Sopot (Poland), Lima, Toronto, Minsk and Copenhagen.
The Correcaminos Athletics Club, Valencia Government, Paco Borao and the councilor Maite Grau headed up the expedition to put forward València as the top destination for the race in 2018. Of the many good reasons for València to be chosen, the key motivations for the choice were; world class organization, the huge popularity of the Trinidad Alfonso València Marathon and Half Marathon and the Gold Labels awarded to the Marathon and Half Marathon last year by the IAAF.
The World Championship is in Cardiff (UK) this year, València will take the baton and aim to show the world why València is known as La Ciudad el Running. València will continue to hold its yearly main Half Marathon event as normal. The world championship will have its own date in March, it will also have a different course through the city. This unique event is the culmination of years of hard work by the city and the race organizers in València.
The world Championship will bring together approximately 300 of the top elite runners in the world, the race will also be designed so that all runners from around the world can take part
This is the second time the World Championship has been held on Spanish Soil. The first was the 5th edition in 1996 in Palma, Mallorca. The event drew only 200 athletes. The World Half Marathon Championships in 2018, in València will eclipse this figure without doubt.