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Top epic half marathons in Europe you must try

14 May, 2019 • by Admin

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best half marathons across the europe, check a few of these off your running bucket list.

Copenhagen Half Marathon

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The Copenhagen Half Marathon is like a tour of downtown Copenhagen. Just don’t expect to set any PRs if you are soaking in all the sights. Runners will pass by a slew of famous spots like the National Gallery of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, the Marble Church, the Old Stock Exchange, the Royal Library, and Frederiksberg Town Hall.

The Copenhagen Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running event which takes place in September on the city streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. It held the IAAF Silver Label Road Race status in 2016 and the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2017, making it the foremost race of its type in the country. The event was launched after the success holding of the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the city. The course was slightly modified for the newly created annual event, with the race starting and finishing near Parken Stadium.

Nearly 20,000 runners took part in the inaugural edition in 2015. The race features both public and professional elements. The first winners were both Kenyan, with Bedan Karoki Muchiri taking the men's race in 59:14 minutes and Purity Cherotich Rionoripo being the women's winner in 68:29 minutes.

Route Du Vin Half-Marathon, Luxembourg

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The ING Route du Vin Half Marathon (French: ING Route du Vin Semi-Marathon) is an annual road running competition over the half marathon distance (21.1 km/13.1 mi) which takes place in late September in Remich, Luxembourg. It is organised by the Luxembourg Athletics Federation and it is a member race of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.1 It is sponsored by ING Luxembourg.

The race began as a men's only competition and women were first included in 1974. A total of 1358 runners took part in the event in 2013 (1062 men and 296 women).5 It is one of two major road running events in the country that attracts elite runners and a mass field, alongside the annual Luxembourg Marathon.

Brussels Half Marathon, Belgium

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As home to the capital and largest city in Belgium, Brussels is a city full of centuries of history. Runners entering the Brussels Half Marathon will only get a small sampling of the landmarks marking historical events that have taken place over the years.

They will pass by the Berlaymont and Brussels Palace of Justice and run through public parks like Ter Kamerenbos and Parc du Cinquantenaire. This loop course follows sections of the full marathon course which takes place on the same day.

Sarajevo Half Marathon, Bosnia

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The Sarajevo Half Marathon was launched in 2007 and with more than 1,000 participants this year, is quickly becoming a destination race worth bragging about. The Sarajevo half leads runners along a fast and flat course through the most scenic areas of Sarajevo. The capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina also offers several fascinating history museums which you can’t miss before or after the run.

Berlin Half Marathon, Germany

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With over 30,000 participants annually, this is the only major half marathon in Germany and is being organized by the same company that organizes the Berlin Marathon.

It attracts a number of the world’s best road runners with the former world marathon record holder, Patrick Makau holding the men’s course record in 58:56 and Edith Maasai holding the women’s in 1:07:16.

Lisbon Half Marathon, Portugal

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Held in Portugal’s coastal capital city, the Lisbon half marathon is run on a flat and fast course. For more than fifteen times, the men’s winning times have been run in under one hour. Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese holds the world record of the half marathon after running a time of 58:23 in 2010.

There is a huge prize of €50,000 for anyone who breaks the world record here and is the reason why it attracts some of the world’s best runners every year. Susan Chepkemei holds the women’s course record of 1:05:44 which she set in 2001.

Gothenburg Half-Marathon, Sweden

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The Swedes are pretty good at putting on races. The Stockholm Marathon has been called the best in the world. And if numbers are any indication of a race’s quality, the Gothenburg Half looks pretty good. Every year around 30,000 take part, meaning it rivals the Great North Run for the title of the world’s biggest half. The Great North might be the more convenient of the two races, but Gothenburg is definitely the prettier. The rolling course starts in a beautiful park and circles the city, allowing you take in views of Gothenburg and its harbour. As an added bonus every runner gets a free ticket to Liseberg, an amusement park that the race organisers tell us is “one of Northern Europe’s most exciting”.

Mitja Marató de Barcelona, Spain

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Situated in the heart of Barcelona, the half-marathon of Barcelona (or Mitja Marató de Barcelona in Spanish), is a fabulous way to see this city. Runners start at the Arc de Triomf and race to the Plaça Catalunya.

They will race down the famous Ramblas, along Avenida del Paral·lel, and through the Eixample district. The second half of the race features views of the Torre Agbar, the Fòrum, and the beautiful Mediterranean before finishing at the Arc de Triomf.

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