Mexico City Marathon 2015
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) ranked the Mexico City Marathon from number 300 to the number 30 marathon in the world. It’s attracting more and more runners from all over the world. This year 12% of all competitors were foreigners, coming from more than 30 countries.
With “perfect” weather conditions, it was held on Sunday August 30, 2015 the 33rd edition of the Marathon of Mexico City. More than 30,000 runners gathered in downtown Mexico City where at 6:45 am special needs competitors started the race, at 7:00 am professional runners and at 7:15 am the rest of runners.
The theme of this race was “Music”. 22 choirs and orchestras of Mexico City were playing and entertaining runners. Also, more than 250,000 spectators were encouraging participants throughout the route. Around 2,800 volunteers were helping out. The race medal was in the shape of an X, part of the word MEXICO.
Daniel Aschenik, Ethiopian, won the gold medal by crossing the line in Estadio Olimpico Universitario, with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes 24 seconds. The silver medal was for an Ethiopian Debebe Tolosa, who arrived 25 seconds after Aschenik, while the 3rd place medal went to Elisha Chumo Korir, Kenya, who took 2 hours, 20 minutes and 03 seconds to finish the race.
The women’s category was dominated by three Ethiopians, the winner and two-times champion, was Shewarge Amare Alene with a time of 2 hours 41 minutes 08 seconds. The second place was for Misker Mekonnen Demissie, with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 54 seconds, while the bronze was for Serkalem Abrah Biset, with a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes and 47 seconds.
As for the special needs winners, the gold medal was for Gonzalo Valdominos González, followed by Alfonso Zaragoza Solorio and Martin Velasco Soria. In the women category, Alicia Ibarra Barajas arrived first, in second place was Yvonne Reyes Gómez and as a third, Micaela Eugenio Márquez.
After the race, some runners coming from another country or state, enjoyed relaxing days in Mexico City, visiting tourist attractions like Xochimilco, Coyoacan, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, downtown Mexico City, Chapultepec Park, Museum of Anthropology and History, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Garibaldi Plaza… Thanks to all the runners for their participation, volunteers and spectators. See you next year!