Last Sunday, September 16th, 22000 runners hit the streets of Copenhagen to take part in CPH Half Marathon. Because of its fast route, its field, and its atmosphere, CPH Half is one of the most prominent races in Europe. But how has this race become so popular? Read more to find out about some CPH Half’s key facts and all the juiciest highlights from last Sunday!
A world-class raceAs the first race in the Nordic countries, the Copenhagen Half Marathon has been awarded the prestigious quality designation IAAF Gold Label by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). This label certifies that the race is one of the “leading road races around the world”. The gold label is given when the race meets the following requirements:
- The race must have an international elite field (at least 5 nations must be represented, with a faster time than the IAAF’s guidelines)
- The race must be close to the vehicular traffic – with full electronic timing used to generate the results
- The race must be organized in a way that minimizes ecological damage to the surrounding areas
- A specific number of doping tests must be carried out
- Prize money should be equal, irrespective of the gender of nationality, though additional rewards can be given to runners from the host nation