Roma-Ostia Half Marathon

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Roma-Ostia Half Marathon
Roma - EUR - Obelisco EUR.jpg
A view of Via Cristoforo Colombo, where the race begins
DateMid-March
Location Rome, Italy
Event typeRoad
Distance Half marathon
Established1974
Course recordsMen's: 58:44 (2016)
Flag of Kenya.svg Solomon Yego
Women's: 1:06:35 (2021)
Flag of Kenya.svg Joyce Tele
Official site Roma-Ostia Half Marathon
Participants4,534 finishers (2021)
8,458 (2019)

The Roma-Ostia Half Marathon (Italian : Roma Ostia Mezza Maratonaor Italian : Maratonina Roma-Ostia) [1] is an annual half marathon road running event which takes place in early March in Rome, Italy. The course begins in the EUR district of the city and follows a direct south-easterly route to the finish point near the beaches of Ostia. [2] It is Italy's most popular half marathon, with a record 12,000 entries and 9,485 finishers in 2011. [3]

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The competition is organised by the Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani and comprises three distinct races. There is an elite level race for male and female athletes, a popular fun run for amateurs, and a "Business Run" which sees teams of runners represent domestic companies in the Campionato Italian Imprenditori di Mezza Maratona (Italian Business Championships in the Half Marathon). [4] The Roma-Ostia race has been held every year since its inception, with the exceptions of 1982 and 1999. [5]

The race was inaugurated in March 1974 and was held on a 28-kilometre course. In its first dozen editions, the Roma-Ostia ranged from a distance of 27 km to 30 km. It was converted into an official half marathon race of 21.1 km for the 1987 edition and has remained so ever since. The course has a point-to-point format and as a result it some editions have had an overall downhill drop, as well as athlete-assisting tailwinds. Due to these factors, some performances have been ineligible for personal bests or records. [5]

In 2011 the course was significantly altered, allowing for faster times and record performances. [3] [6] Both the men's and women's course records were set in 2012. Philemon Kimeli Limo's time of 59:32 minutes stands as the men's course record, while Florence Kiplagat's run of 1:06:38 is the current record for females. [7]

The 2020 edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. [8] [9]

Past winners of the elite race include Stefano Baldini (the 2004 Olympic marathon champion), four-time Boston Marathon winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Franca Fiacconi (1998 New York Marathon winner) and Mediterranean champion Souad Aït Salem. [5]

Past winners

Welshman Steve Jones was among the first foreign-born winners of the Roma-Ostia. Steve Jones.jpg
Welshman Steve Jones was among the first foreign-born winners of the Roma-Ostia.
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya won the 2002 race. Cheruiyot.jpg
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya won the 2002 race.
Nadia Ejjafini (then representing Bahrain) became Asia's first winner in 2006. Nadia Ejjafini 2007.jpg
Nadia Ejjafini (then representing Bahrain) became Asia's first winner in 2006.

Key:  Course record  Race distance 27–30 km

EditionYearMen's winnerTime (h:m:s)Women's winnerTime (h:m:s)
I1974Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Risi  (ITA)1:28:54Flag of Italy.svg Manuela Mausoli (ITA)2:05:59
II1975Flag of Italy.svg  Paolo Accaputo  (ITA)1:29:46Flag of Italy.svg Maria Pirozzi (ITA)2:07:23
III1976Flag of Italy.svg  Alessandro Cervigni  (ITA)1:27:55Flag of Italy.svg Adriana Pedaletti (ITA)2:06:43
IV1977Flag of Italy.svg  Antonio Erotavo  (ITA)1:27:42Flag of Italy.svg Adriana Pedaletti (ITA)2:05:38
V1978Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Risi  (ITA)1:31:47Flag of Italy.svg Chiara Castellani (ITA)2:07:17
VI1979Flag of Italy.svg  Marco Marchei  (ITA)1:27:10Flag of Italy.svg Maura Bertetto (ITA)2:07:55
VII1980Flag of Italy.svg  Marco Marchei  (ITA)1:34:01Flag of Italy.svg Rossana Matrella (ITA)2:11:46
VIII1981Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg  Dereje Nedi  (ETH)1:21:20Flag of Italy.svg  Silvana Cruciata  (ITA)1:42:06
1982Cancelled
IX1983Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Bernard Ford  (GBR)1:24:30Flag of Italy.svg  Rita Marchisio  (ITA)1:38:53
X1984Flag of Italy.svg  Salvatore Nicosia  (ITA)1:25:04Flag of Italy.svg  Silvana Cruciata  (ITA)1:40:56
XI1985Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Steve Jones  (GBR)1:26:25Flag of Italy.svg  Maria Curatolo  (ITA)1:43:13
XII1986Flag of Italy.svg  Loris Pimazzoni  (ITA)1:34:13Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Angie Pain  (GBR)1:50:13
XIII1987Flag of Italy.svg  Salvatore Nicosia  (ITA)1:02:12Flag of Italy.svg  Silvana Cucchietti  (ITA)1:14:32
XIV1988Flag of Morocco.svg  El Mostafa Nechchadi  (MAR)1:04:32Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Glynis Penny  (GBR)1:15:02
XV1989Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Carl Thackery  (GBR)1:02:10Flag of Italy.svg  Graziella Striuli  (ITA)1:14:35
XVI1990Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Carl Thackery  (GBR)1:01:44Flag of Morocco.svg  Rakiya Maraoui  (MAR)1:14:56
XVII1991Flag of Tanzania.svg  Juma Mnyampanda  (TAN)1:02:34Flag of Poland.svg  Izabela Zatorska  (POL)1:13:02
XVIII1992Flag of Kenya.svg  Andrew Masai  (KEN)1:02:18Flag of Italy.svg  Anna Villani  (ITA)1:12:12
XIX1993Flag of Kenya.svg  Andrew Masai  (KEN)1:02:23Flag of Italy.svg  Anna Villani  (ITA)1:12:34
XX1994Flag of Morocco.svg  Saïd Ermili  (MAR)1:02:27Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Oussacheva  (RUS)1:14:59
XXI1995Flag of Italy.svg  Giovanni Ruggiero  (ITA)1:02:53Flag of Italy.svg  Rosanna Munerotto  (ITA)1:11:36
XXII1996Flag of Kenya.svg  Philemon Metto  (KEN)1:01:53Flag of Italy.svg  Patrizia Ritondo  (ITA)1:13:07
XXIII1997Flag of Italy.svg  Stefano Baldini  (ITA)1:00:56Flag of Italy.svg  Rosanna Munerotto  (ITA)1:12:50
XXIV1998Flag of Kenya.svg  Philip Chirchir  (KEN)1:02:23Flag of Italy.svg  Franca Fiacconi  (ITA)1:13:19
1999Not held
XXV2000Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Ingargiola  (ITA)1:01:19Flag of Italy.svg  Maura Viceconte  (ITA)1:11:07
XXVI2001Flag of Italy.svg  Giuliano Battocletti  (ITA)1:02:24Flag of Italy.svg  Tiziana Alagia  (ITA)1:11:29
XXVII2002Flag of Kenya.svg  Robert Cheruiyot  (KEN)1:00:06Flag of Italy.svg  Gloria Marconi  (ITA)1:11:31
XXVIII2003Flag of Kenya.svg  Boniface Usisivu  (KEN)1:01:13Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Gloria Marconi  (ITA)1:09:25
XXIX2004Flag of Kenya.svg  Paul Kirui  (KEN)1:00:22Flag of Morocco.svg  Hafida Izem  (MAR)1:10:39
XXX2005Flag of Kenya.svg  James Kwambai  (KEN)1:00:45Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Rosaria Console  (ITA)1:09:34
XXXI2006Flag of Kenya.svg  William Rotich  (KEN)1:00:12Flag of Bahrain.svg  Nadia Ejjafini  (BHR)1:10:43
XXXII2007Flag of Kenya.svg  Benson Barus  (KEN)1:00:18Flag of Algeria.svg  Souad Aït Salem  (ALG)1:10:29
XXXIII2008Flag of Kenya.svg  Jonathan Kipkorir  (KEN)1:00:19Flag of Algeria.svg  Souad Aït Salem  (ALG)1:09:15
XXXIV2009Flag of Kenya.svg  Elijah Keitany  (KEN)1:00:59Flag of Italy.svg  Anna Incerti  (ITA)1:09:24
XXXV2010Flag of Kenya.svg  Peter Kimeli  (KEN)1:01:51Flag of Kenya.svg  Alice Timbilil  (KEN)1:10:34
XXXVI2011Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Tujuba Megersa  (ETH)59:58Flag of Italy.svg  Anna Incerti  (ITA)1:09:06
XXXVII2012Flag of Kenya.svg  Philemon Limo  (KEN)59:32 [10] Flag of Kenya.svg  Florence Kiplagat  (KEN)1:06:38
XXXVIII2013Flag of Kenya.svg  Wilson Kiprop  (KEN)59:15 [11] Flag of Kenya.svg  Flomena Cheyech  (KEN)1:07:39
XXXIX2014Flag of Morocco.svg  Aziz Lahbabi  (MAR)59:25 [12] Flag of Kenya.svg  Caroline Chepkwony  (KEN)1:08:48
XL2015Flag of Kenya.svg  Robert Chemosin  (KEN)59:37 [13] Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Amane Beriso  (ETH)1:08:43
XLI2016Flag of Kenya.svg  Solomon Yego  (KEN)58:44Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Worknesh Degefa  (ETH)1:07:08
XLII2017Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Guye Adola  (ETH)59:18Flag of Kenya.svg  Gladys Cherono  (KEN)1:07:01
XLIII2018Flag of the United States.svg  Galen Rupp  (USA)59:47Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Haftamnesh Tesfay  (ETH)1:09:02
XLIV2019Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Guye Adola  (ETH)1:00:17Flag of Israel.svg  Lonah Chemtai  (ISR)1:06:40
2020Cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak [8]
XLV2021Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Abdisa Tola  (ETH)59:54Flag of Kenya.svg  Joyce Tele  (KEN)1:06:35

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