6th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to be run on November 21.

Even as stadiums and venues across the capital city of New Delhi are being given the finishing touches to get them ready for the Commonwealth Games in October 2010, preparations are also underway to host the 6th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the world’s most prestigious half marathon, scheduled to be run in Delhi on November 21, 2010.

Offering prize money of USD 210,000 and also carrying the famed tag of the IAAF Gold Label, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is easily one of the more eagerly awaited events by the elite athletes and the international long distance running community.

The race route for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon provides a flat running course and goes past some of the most historic land marks of the city, including India Gate, Qutub Minar  and Parliament House. The pleasant weather prevalent in New Delhi during November also makes for ideal conditions to produce fast timings.

Over the years, the Delhi Half Marathon has seen some of the biggest names in the world of distance running come and participate, setting super fast timings into the bargain. Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga, the two-time winner and defending champion, clocked an astonishing 59.15 seconds while winning in 2008, which equalled the

year’s fastest timing for half marathons, set by his countryman, the all time great Haille Gebrselassie.
Merga defended his crown in 2009, clocking another fast timing of 59.54 and is expected to come back again this year as he tries to make it a rare hat-trick of wins.

The women’s field for 2009 was also a veritable who’s who of distance running and it was the World Champion from Kenya, Mary Keitany, who ran away with the honours. Mary clocked 66.54 to shave 1 minute 23 seconds from the course record of 68.17 and the scorching pace set by Mary also led the first four finishers inside the course record. Mary was followed home by Ethiopia’s Ayelew Wude (67.58) and Aberu Kebede (67.59). Both the winners were richer by USD 25,000.

The Delhi Half Marathon has also seen some of the biggest names in the world of athletics and sport gracing the event as ambassadors, notable among them names like Daley Thompson, Jackie-Joyner Kersee, Catherine Freeman,

Next event date:

Sunday 21 November 2010

Javier Sotomayor, Sir Richard Hadlee and Allan Border, to name a few.

Registrations for the sixth edition of this event are expected to begin in the first week of September.
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