This innovative new series brings together five world class events in beautiful cities: Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia – with the aim to promote running, tourism and environmental sustainability in each location. They all hold World Athletics (IAAF) labels and three have recently hosted the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
The inaugural series will kick off in 2020, when almost 100,000 participants will race at the five iconic locations.
Matt Newman, Chief Executive of Cardiff Half Marathon organisers, Run 4 Wales comments: “With more people running worldwide than ever before, this is the perfect time for five of the world’s leading half marathons to unite for this innovative international series. SuperHalfs will give committed runners and experience seekers a new opportunity to see the world while doing what they love. It’s a big victory for not only runners, but the cities themselves. A new wave of running tourists will flood each city, while the sustainability pledge made by each event paves the way for a more sustainable future.”
Runners will also have access to a ‘SuperRunner’ experience – which includes several benefits, such as: guaranteed registrations, special race numbers with priority pick up, original merchandising, e-Passport, a SuperMedal (after completing the series) and the chance to see their names go down in the ‘SuperHalfs Hall of Fame’.
The SuperHalfs Races
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon
The EDP Lisbon Half Marathon is the most popular race in Portugal with over 35,000 runners joining the race from across the world. One of the fastest half marathons in the world, the EDF Lisbon Half Marathon has held the world record from 2010 – 2018 and attracts elite athletes keen to rise to the challenge. The course takes in the beautiful city of Lisbon – which is a huge draw – as is the delicious food!
When: Sunday 22nd March 2020
Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon
The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is hosted by RunCzech and was created over two decades ago out of a desire to inspire Czechs to get out and run! This fast course, with awe-inspiring views of Prague Castle, saw Joyciline Jepkosgei set the Women’s World Record in 2017. Expect a festival atmosphere – which makes the IAAF Gold event equally popular with runners and spectators.
When: Sunday 28th March 2020
Copenhagen Half Marathon
The Copenhagen Half Marathon is world renowned for its fiercely-fast course, attracting some of the world’s best runners. The moderate September climate and its urban Nordic locale is perfect for setting fast times! It also helps that the entire city comes out to cheer on the runners. Established in 2015, the race has now reached maximum capacity at 25,000 runners, from more than 100 different locations.
When: Sunday 13th September 2020
Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon (an iTAB race partner) has grown to become one of the largest and most exciting road races in the UK. Its flat, fast course passes the city’s most breath-taking scenery and iconic landmarks, including Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium, the historic Civic Centre and stunning Cardiff Bay. Thousands of spectators turn out to cheer on the runners in a city renowned for its sporting passion. The half marathon has grown significantly since its inception in 2003, attracting over 27,500 registered runners, alongside world class athletes in a trio of fiercely contested men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite races.
When: Sunday 4th October 2020
Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP
The Valencia Half-Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP has become the world’s fastest race and is a can’t-miss event for both national and international runners. The numbers for the event are spectacular and include the Women’s World Record, chalked up by Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017 (1h04:51), and the Men’s World Record, set by Abraham Kiptum in 2018 (58:18). For the sixth year in a row, the race was Spain’s fastest half-marathon. The whole city turns out for the event, with crowds cheering runners every step of the way. Valencia not only has a pleasant, mild climate but also a course that is flat and designed to be lightning-fast.
When: Sunday 25th October 2020