The IAAF/CAIXA World Half Marathon Championships 2008 which take place in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 12 October are at the hub of a long weekend of intense road running activity in the Brazilian city.
The annual Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon, a mass race with approximately 16,000 participants which was first held in 1997, will start at the same time as the Men’s race of World Half Marathon Championships, which begins 30 minutes after the women’s championship title contenders set-off.
All the races are run on the same point to point course, with most of the route following the coast and the beaches of Rio from West to East. There is a steep incline and decline from 1 km to 4 km then the route is flat. There is a U-Turn at approximately 19 km, where athletes cross the central reservation and turn back for the finish in the Flamengo Park.
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Timetable – 12 October 2008 (times are local, GMT -3hrs)
08:45 Women’s race
09:15 Men’s race (and Mass Race starting 200m back)
The Rio Hotel Intercontinental, which is situated by the start area for the World Half Marathon, is the HQ for the event and will also be the centre of many discussions and debates surrounding our sport.
AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races - click here - who work with the IAAF on all matters relating to international road races will hold their two day Board Meeting at the hotel (Thu 9 and Fri 10 Oct). AIMS is a member based organisation of more than 250 of the leading distance races in the world.
The IAAF Area Association CONSUDATLE (Confederación Sudamericana de Atletismo) will also use the venue as its Congress on Friday 10 October, while a meeting of the IAAF Road Running Commission on Monday 13 October will round-off a busy period of sporting action and discussion in Rio.