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Mexico City Marathon 2016

Kenyan runners won the men’s category.  The Lituanian Diana Lobacevske won the women’s category.

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Diana Lobacevske (2:40.32 hours) and the Kenyan Emmanuel Mnangat (2:19.30 hours) won the  Mexico City Marathon XXXIV edition.  The starting line was in the monument of Benito Juárez, right down town Mexico City.  The finish line was in the Olympic stadium of Ciudad Universitaria.

Lobacevske escaped from the first kilometers and endured the pace to cross the finish line alone , while in the male category Mnangat stepped forward in the last meters to second place, his compatriot Isaac Kemboi .

The 2016 edition of the capital’s marathon was attended by 35 thousand runners and the first report of the authorities was clear.

The first challenge was to have 35 thousand runners,  right now we are calculating 85 percent of the runners have completed the race, “this race is very likely to climb to the top ten Marathons” said Miguel Ángel Mancera, head of city government .

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The marathon took place a week after the marathon of the Olympic Games , complicating the possibility of having the best in the world, a challenge that the Sports Institute of the City of Mexico seek to fulfill in 2017 to seek gold label level worldwide.

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Here are some observations about Mexico City and the race:

  • The city has a very extensive public transportation system, with the Metro as its showpiece. Trains go everywhere, are frequent, and are cheaper than any subway system I’ve ever used. They’re also very crowded.
  • The tourist areas are pretty safe.
  • The race was very well organized in many ways, but not so much in others.
  • The participant t-shirt was good, and so was the finisher shirt.
  • The Marathon had a good theme going for a six year period. Each year’s medal would be one of the letters of M-E-X-I-C-O.
  • The course was interesting, highlighting many historic sites and finishing at the Olympic Stadium from 1968 when Mexico City hosted the summer games.
  • There was plenty of water.
  • Volunteers and spectators were numerous and cheerful. It was common to heard shouts of “Vamos!” (let’s go) and “Sí se puede!” (yes you can).
  • Clean up was efficient. There were sweeper busses and directly behind the ambulances were street sweepers.
  • The finish area was huge. Lots of food vendors, spectators, port-o-potties, etc..

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