Looking Back: Images From the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships – Men’s Race


Zersenay Tadese - 2012 World Half Marathon Championships - Kavarna

Zersenay Tadese – 2012 World Half Marathon Championships – Kavarna

Four years ago today I covered the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna, Bulgaria. Zersenay Tadese, above, won the title for the fifth time, living up to his monikor of ‘Mr. Half Marathon’.

I recall three things about Kavarna, a town of about 15,000: its use of heavy metal murals as urban beautification project, that it is home to the world’s only memorial to heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio, and the stifling early October conditions the runners had to face. That morning the temperatures hovered near 30 C (86 F) under the burning sun that hovered over the largely exposed course; that, coupled with the 85 percent humidity made for difficult racing.

Tadese seemed unfazed, or at least, the least fazed, winning by a whopping 32 seconds in 1:00:19. That came on top of travel difficulties that forced him to spend the night at a terminal in Vienna Airport before arriving in Kavarna the afternoon before the race.

A few more images of some of the key athletes are below. The complete men’s results are here. and my preview and report for the IAAF is here and here, respectively.

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The 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon – Summary and 41 Images


I just returned from Istanbul where I spent the weekend doing some media work for the organizers of last Sunday’s Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon. It was the 11th edition of the event, but just the second that featured a professional elite field.

The men’s race was quite competitive, won by Ali Kaya of Turkey in 1:00:16, a new national record and European Under-23 record. He ran impressively to beat a solid field which included two world record holders: Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the world record holder over the half marathon distance, and Kenyan Leonard Komon, the world record holder at 10km and 15km.

Violah Jepchumba of Kenya was dominant in the women’s race, winning by more than a minute in 1:08:17.

In the specialist distance running and track & field media, the weekend was dominated by the London Marathon, one of the premiere 42.2km races in the world. Given that, we managed to attract some decent coverage. A sampling of stories that appeared via press releases I produced and distributed:



Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon


Image Gallery – 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

Below is an image gallery featuring 41 photos of the elite athletes that figured prominently in the race. I shot from a vehicle leading the men’s contest, so unfortunately there are very view images from the women’s.

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