#Nearly 16,000 runners filled the streets of Valencia to compete in the Valencia Marathon of 2021.
Paco Borao, president of the SD Correcaminos and race director, assured that: “The Marathon in Valencia makes for great theatre. The main actors are the runners, this year we have managed to recover the soul of the race, the participation of the general public”.
In addition, it had an elite cast of top-level runners. Valencia can position itself among the three best marathons in history. Proof of the interest in the race is that the event was seen in 207 countries and 386 television channels, that is, in 90 percent of the world.
Pilar Bernabé, València City Council’s Sports Councillor, stated that “Valencia is consolidating itself as a sports destination thanks to the celebration of major events, such as the Marathon that was held this Sunday (December 5th). And I refer to the evidence. Major sporting events, as long as they are sustainable, are a great opportunity and an essential contribution to the economic fabric of the city. We have lived and are living through difficult times with the COVID-19 health crisis, and the consequences it generates both from the point of view of health and from the economic point of view. In València we have not stopped practising sport and holding sporting events since this health crisis began, which has brought benefits for the local economic fabric. Next year we hope to exceed 16,000 runners.”
MARATÓN VALENCIA TRINIDAD ALONSO: “Lawrence Cherono with a time of 02:05:10 and Nancy Jelagat with 02:19:31 have won the 41st Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon today. This edition is marked by the return of thousands of non-professional runners to the streets of the city of running…after two years of absence in this race.
Cherono crossed the finish line after a very close race, followed by Chalu Deso who was second with a time of 02:05:16 and Philemon Kacheran who crossed the spectacular blue walkway of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in 02:05:17.
In the female category, after Jelagat, second to cross the finish line was Etagegne Woldu with 02:20:16, followed by Beyenu Degefa who was the third woman with a time of 02:23:04.
However, beyond the times and the main sports figures of the day… were the thousands of runners who set out from the Plaça de la Marató, in an exciting start which for security reasons took place in 15 minute intervals.”
Report by 24/7 Valencia team