Sofia Marathon 2016: Runner From Ethiopia Wins Long Race

Written by on October 10, 2016 in Bulgaria, Sofia - No comments

Guteta Biratu, an Ethiopian sportsman, won the Sofia Marathon 2016. He managed to cover the 42-kilometer race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds. The gentleman who came in second, Teferi Balcha, from Ethiopia as well, took 11 seconds longer. Moses Kibere, a native of Kenya, hit the third place, with an impressive 2 hours, 16 minutes and 20 seconds. The fastest Bulgarian (judging from his last name), Ilia Kocarov, came in 8th.

Belaynesh Yigezu was the fastest lady. Her time: 2 hours, 39 minutes and 39 seconds.

The Sofia Marathon was first held 36 years ago. By now, it has become a very international event.

Traffic in Sofia, which is a mess anyway, and even more so due to the construction of the third Metro line, was shut down in parts of the city, while hundreds of runners tried to even make the distances they had signed up for. They had the choice between a rather harmless 3 kilometer track, a pretty hard 10.5 kilometer distance, rather difficult 21 kilometers and, for true masters, the 42 kilometer version.

In the weeks before, other organizers had come up with more runs, such as the “ToleRun”, supposedly a charity event, but nobody beats the original.

By im.

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