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Shenzhen Angel International Marathon 2013 --- A Gala for Running Enthusiasts

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“I concentrated on running and had practiced hard to achieve a good result in Shenzhen’s race. I want to thank the people who cheered for me on the way. I was happy to hear their voices,” said Asefa, who was born in 1988 and completed the 2013 Shenzhen Angel International Marathon in two hours, 12 minutes and 29 seconds.

 

The Dec 8th Shenzhen International Marathon successfully ended, African runners won the men and women’s division top 3.

 

The Shenzhen Angel International Marathon crowned its first winners on Dec 8th as Ethiopian runner Abrha Milow Asefa broke the tape on the full-length race at 2:12:19, winning the men's division, and Jacquline Kiplimo Nyetipei from Kenya won the women's championship at 2:37:41.

 

Kenyans Suleiman Kipkesis Simotwo and Moses Kiptoo Kurgat won second and third place, respectively, in the men's division and Ethopians Elfinesh Melaku Yado and Shitaye Gemechu Debellu won second and third places, respectively, among the women.

 

Nearly 200 foreign runners from 26 countries participated in the city's first urban marathon event, which included races of 6, 21 and 42 kilometers.

 

Asefa's time of less than 2 hours and 13 minutes earned him a cash reward of US$30,000, before taxes, while Kiplimo won US$20,000 because she failed to meet the women's top prize threshold of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

 

To encourage Shenzhen residents in the full marathon, Shenzhen Angel Food offered cash rewards of 2,000 yuan (US$317) to the top 10 runners in the men's and women's divisions.

 

 

 

Route Details:

Starting point: the public square south of Shenzhen Civic Center
Route: along Shennan Boulevard and through Futian District, Nanshan District and Luohu District
Half Marathon finishing point: close to TCL building, Nanshan District
Finishing point for 6-km Mini Marathon and Marathon: the public square south of Shenzhen Civic Center, Futian District.

 

Prize Details:

The two overall winners will each be given a cash award of US$30,000. But the prize will drop to US$20,000 if the men’s winner fails to finish in 2 hours and 13 minutes or if the women’s winner takes longer than 2 hours and 30 minutes, race organizers said.

 

Organizers have set a cap of 10,000 participants, including 2,500 for the full marathon, 2,000 for the half-marathon and 5,500 for the event’s 6-km race. The top 10 Shenzhen runners in the full marathon will each get 2,000 yuan.

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