Eighth thousand runners enter 35th Warsaw Marathon
September 30, 2013
Around 8,000 competitors from 60 countries took part in the 35th Warsaw Marathon, Poland's best known running event for amateur athletes, which was held on Sunday in the Polish capital.
Yared Shegumo, a Polish citizen born in Ethiopia, won the race completing the 42 km and 195m route in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds. He was followed by Norway’s Weldu Gebretsadik Negash 2:10.37 and Ethiopia’s Solomon Tiumauy Molla - 2:10.39.
The race, which started at 9 a.m. on Poniatowskiego Bridge ran along five Warsaw districts including such landmark streets as Krakowskie Przedmieście, as well as the New and Old Town market squares. The route also led through pl. Trzech Krzyży and Aleje Jerozolimskie in the city center as well as Powiśle, Mokotow, Sadyba, Wilanow and Ursynów.
The finish line was on the National Stadium, with the last runners arriving there around 3pm.
The race started in the years of the Solidarity movement in the early 1980s, and survived the martial law period of 1981-1982. These days it has become one of the best known sporting events in the city.