Athlete Profile

Ridouane Harroufi

  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 30 JUL 1981
Marathon runner Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco (Getty Images)
Marathon runner Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 30 JUL 1981


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Ridouane Harroufi, Morocco (1500m/halfmarathon)

Born 30 July 1981, Azrou, Morocco

Began running at school. Advanced through regional championships to nationals in 1995, where he finished 3rd at 1500m. Went on later that year to set Moroccan youth record at 1500m (3:48.0) and was recruited into the National Athletics Institute in Rabat, where he trained alongside such celebrated athletes as Hicham El Guerrouj, Salah Hissou, Khalid Boulami and Khalid Skah. Before long he set a new Moroccan junior 3000m record (7:46.0) and earned selection for the 1999 Junior World Cross (finished 49th) and the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile (6th at 1500 in 3:43.34).

Joined Italian club Scotelari de Matéra in 2000 and began concentrating on road racing in Italy, with occasional track appearances, usually at 1500m. On the road, he seems to do best at significantly longer distances. In 2003 he ran four half-marathons, including a PB 61:54 for 4th in Lille and 62:46 for 10th at the World Half Marathon in Portugal, his top performance to date in a major international championship.

He began 2004 with another appearance at the World Cross (63rd in the 12 km) and went on to score two half-marathon victories in Morocco (Casablanca and Marrakech in PB 61:37) in preparation for his second trip to the World Half Marathon Championships, where he hopes to improve on last year’s 10th place.

Personal bests:  1500 – 3:41.15 (2001);  5000 – 13:34.4 (2004);  10 km – 28:28; half-marathon – 61:37.

Prepared by Mohammed Bencherif for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2004.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:36.57 01 JAN 0001
3000 Metres 7:52.15 Sotteville 11 JUN 2002
5000 Metres 13:34.4 Barakaldo 10 JUL 2004
10,000 Metres 28:20.67 Eugene, OR 08 JUN 2008
10 Kilometres 27:51 Charleston, SC 27 MAR 2010
15 Kilometres 43:17 Utica, NY 11 JUL 2010
Half Marathon 1:01:01 Casablanca 19 OCT 2003
25 Kilometres 1:15:35 Hamburg 27 APR 2008
30 Kilometres 1:30:04 London 26 APR 2009
Marathon 2:10:14 Seoul 02 NOV 2008
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2000 3:40.96 Casablanca 27 JUL
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2002 7:52.15 Sotteville 11 JUN
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 13:34.4 Barakaldo 10 JUL
10,000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 28:20.67 Eugene, OR 08 JUN
10 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 27:51 Charleston, SC 27 MAR
2009 28:14 Mobile, AL 28 MAR
2008 28:32 Boulder, CO 26 MAY
15 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 43:30 Utica, NY 10 JUL
2010 43:17 Utica, NY 11 JUL
Half Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 1:02:45 Philadelphia, PA 18 SEP
2009 1:02:32 New York, NY 16 AUG
2008 1:01:57 San José, CA 05 OCT
2006 1:01:55 Den Haag 25 MAR
2005 1:03:35 Den Haag 19 MAR
2004 1:01:37 Marrakech 18 JAN
2003 1:01:01 Casablanca 19 OCT
25 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 1:15:35 Hamburg 27 APR
30 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 1:30:04 London 26 APR
Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 2:13:40 Fukuoka 04 DEC
2010 2:13:01 Chicago, IL 10 OCT
2008 2:10:14 Seoul 02 NOV
2006 2:16:19 Seoul 12 MAR
Honours - 1500 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 6 3:43.34 Santiago de Chile 22 OCT 2000
Honours - Half Marathon
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships f DNF New Delhi 03 OCT 2004
12th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 10 1:02:46 Vilamoura 04 OCT 2003
Honours - Junior Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
28th World Cross Country Championships 29 24:52 Vilamoura 19 MAR 2000
27th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 48 28:39 Belfast 28 MAR 1999
Honours - Long Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 63 38:57 Bruxelles 21 MAR 2004


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Ridouane Harroufi, Morocco (1500m/halfmarathon)

Born 30 July 1981, Azrou, Morocco

Began running at school. Advanced through regional championships to nationals in 1995, where he finished 3rd at 1500m. Went on later that year to set Moroccan youth record at 1500m (3:48.0) and was recruited into the National Athletics Institute in Rabat, where he trained alongside such celebrated athletes as Hicham El Guerrouj, Salah Hissou, Khalid Boulami and Khalid Skah. Before long he set a new Moroccan junior 3000m record (7:46.0) and earned selection for the 1999 Junior World Cross (finished 49th) and the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile (6th at 1500 in 3:43.34).

Joined Italian club Scotelari de Matéra in 2000 and began concentrating on road racing in Italy, with occasional track appearances, usually at 1500m. On the road, he seems to do best at significantly longer distances. In 2003 he ran four half-marathons, including a PB 61:54 for 4th in Lille and 62:46 for 10th at the World Half Marathon in Portugal, his top performance to date in a major international championship.

He began 2004 with another appearance at the World Cross (63rd in the 12 km) and went on to score two half-marathon victories in Morocco (Casablanca and Marrakech in PB 61:37) in preparation for his second trip to the World Half Marathon Championships, where he hopes to improve on last year’s 10th place.

Personal bests:  1500 – 3:41.15 (2001);  5000 – 13:34.4 (2004);  10 km – 28:28; half-marathon – 61:37.

Prepared by Mohammed Bencherif for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2004.