Valencia, 03-10-2021.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja makes History again in Valencia Ciudad del Running, being the most numerous race in the city since popular races have been held again. In its 13th edition, held this morning, nearly 6,000 runners enjoyed another year of the best 10K in Spain, which also holds the World Record achieved by Rhonex Kipruto in 2020 (26:24).
In a new day of running festivities, some thirty elite athletes of 10 different nationalities led the race, which this year 2021 has had a first start with only female elite athletes.
The Kenyan Margaret Chelimo (29:50), who was only seven seconds behind the women's world record, was the winner, achieving the third best world record of all time. Once again this year, the 10K Valencia Ibercaja is on the verge of achieving this record. It is the second round after having been just three seconds away from that desired mark in 2020.
Norway's Zerei Kbrom was the first man to cross the finish line with a time of 27:39, taking the national record from Jacob Ingbrigtsen. The podiums were completed by Norah Jeruto (30:08) and Chebet Tuei (30:45) in the women's race. In the men's race, Collins Kipkorir (27:41) and Ronald Kiprotich (27:56) rounded out the top winners.
Chiki Pérez (from Serrano C.A.), Abderrahman El Khayami and Jesús Ángel Olmos were the first Spanish athletes to cross the finish line with times of 28:33, 29:17 and 29:22, respectively. In the women's category, Laura Priego (34:14), Fabiana Lafuente (34:45) and Elena Silvestre (34:56) were the winners of this 10K Valencia Ibercaja.
Likewise, Redolat Team, Runners Ciutat de Valencia, Paterna Runners Club, Team 3FDC and CD Metaesport were the most numerous teams in this edition.
Thousands of runners flying through Valencia Ciudad del Running
Another Sunday to remember for the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, which this year, because of the pandemic, has had to be held in October, and not on the second Sunday of January as traditionally happens.
The race, which is the best 10K in Spain and still holds the World Record, has organised three starts (of about 2,500 runners each) from 8:30am to 8:50am. Thus, to comply with all the required health and safety measures, the three waves have been separated by 10 minutes and each of them has had five different entrances to the boxes of 500 runners each.
In addition, the start and finish line were differentiated and ran along different roads in the Paseo de la Alameda. The runners wore masks before the start and after crossing the finish line. The starts were once again animated by the famous Valencian DJ Chimo Bayo to the rhythm of his ¡Hu-Ha! and the work of more than 300 volunteers ensured that the day went off without a hitch.
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