Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sunday 23 October 2011
Lydia Kurgat of Kenya, winner of the Ljubljana Marathon 2011
On a cold and grey day in Ljubljana, records tumbled at the Ljubljanski maraton, Slovenia's most popular running event.
Almost 6000 runners completed the half marathon, and more than 1100 finished the marathon, which consists of two laps through Ljubljana's suburbs. Over 4700 runners took part in the 10K run, which started two hours before the main races.
Daniel Too of Kenya improved his personal best time and set a new marathon course record of 2:08:25. Unfortunately, the course is not AIMS/IAAF-certified.
On the women's side, Kenya's Lydia Kurgat celebrated victory in a time of 2:33:01, after running her own pace and passing the leading women on the second lap.
Former amateur cyclist Mario Vračič (2:31:48) and ultra runner Neža Mravlje (2:42:00) were crowned Slovenian Marathon Champions.
Vračič beat pre-race favourite Robert Kotnik who hit the wall on the 4km-long straight road to the finish. Mravlje dropped Daneja Grandovec, four-times Slovenian Marathon Champion, at the 28km-mark and bettered her personal record by two minutes.
Results 16. Ljubljanski maraton 2011:
42.2km Men: 983 finishers
42.2km Women: 156 finishers
21.1km Men: 4021 finishers
21.1km Women: 1948 finishers
The leading group at the half-way mark.
The half marathon runners approach Ljubljana's city centre.
Daniel Too of Kenya, winner of the Ljubljana Marathon 2011
Evans Ruto, winner of the Ljubljana Marathon 2010, had to be content with 9th place (2:12:37).
A lonely distance runner on a cold and grey day in Ljubljana: Slovenia's Daneja Grandovec (6th place).
In the city centre, there were many spectators on the course.
Just about 500 metres to go to the finish line.