Gothenburg is gearing up to host the 37th Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon on Saturday 20 May. With over 60,000 registered runners and more than 200,000 dedicated supporters along the race route it is widely regarded as the world’s largest half marathon.
Since it began back in 1980, over 1.3 million runners have registered to take part in the famous half, hosted by a wonderful city full of history, inspiring architecture, culture, amazing parks, botanical gardens, and nature reserves. With travel to Gothenburg cheaper and easier than ever, participation in this famous half is now more accessible than ever and the 2017 race has a great deal to live up to after what was a sensational, record breaking event in 2016.
Both the men’s and women’s records were smashed, with Richard Mengich of Kenya becoming the first ever runner to finish under the hour – clocking 59:35. Fellow Kenyan Violah Jepchumba triumphed in the ladies race in a time of 1:08:01; 12 seconds faster than the previous record set by Worknesh Degefa.
runABC’s Alex Osborne will be one of the names added to the incredible list of 1.3 million who have already tackled the half marathon, and he admits he is relishing the prospect: “I am really looking forward to one of the major half marathons on the European calendar. The course is great and always returns fast results, so this is a real chance for a speedy run following my recent arduous Scottish ultra at the Highland Fling. The trip to Gothenburg can’t come quick enough for me.”
Further information on the Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon can be found here.