• The international elite are led by Rhonex Kipruto with his 26:46 (Prague, 2018) and the Kenyan athlete Sheila Chepkirui with her 29:57 (Prague, 2019).
• Nine runners under 28 minutes will try to break the record of the event (27:23) achieved by the Ethiopian Chala Regasa Ketema in 2019, and he will participate again this year.
• Five women runners will try to break the circuit record (30:15) of Tsehay Gemechu in 2019.
• The Spanish participation is led by Javi Guerra and Paula González Berodia, and the runner Swiss Julien Wanders will try to beat his own European record
Valencia, 3-01-2020.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja, which this year is premiering the Gold Label of World Athletics (new name of the IAAF), will have on Sunday January 12 the best participation of elite athletes in its history.
In search of circuit records
In its XII edition, the 10K Valencia Ibercaja will try to achieve several records. One of them is to beat the best time of the circuit, 27:23 achieved in 2019 by the Ethiopian Chala Regasa Ketema. For this purpose, up to nine athletes with accredited marks under 28 minutes are being prepared. The winner of last year’s edition and record holder of the event, Chala Regasa, will also join in this goal.
Thus, the international men’s elite are led by, the Kenyans Rhonex Kipruto (26:46), Benard Kimeli (27:10) and Shadrack Koech (27:21) and the Ugandan Stephen Kissa (27:13′). In the female category, athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel, Uganda, Great Britain and Poland will be on the starting line and are also set to fly this January 12.
Kenyan athlete Sheila Chepkirui, with her 29:57 achieved in Prague in 2019, will fight to beat the circuit record of Tsehay Gemechu (30:15, 2019). Sheila will be accompanied by other top-level runners such as Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (30:05), Norah Jeruto (30:07), Rosemary Wanjiru (30:50) and Stella Chesang (31:14).
High European level
The first competition of 2020 in Valencia will also have a very high level European contingent. The Swiss athlete Julien Wanders, European record holder of 10K with 27:25 (Houilles, France, 2018) and world record holder of the 5km distance (13:29, Monaco 2019) arrives at the 10K Valencia to give it his all. In addition, other runners stand out like the British Callum Hawkins, who finished fourth in the 10000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha and the Frenchman (of Algerian origin) Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad.
As for the national elite athletes, it is worth mentioning the participation of Javi Guerra from Segovia and Paula González Berodia from Cantabria, both former Spanish Marathon champions, as well as Laura Méndez from Castellón.
In the recently concluded 2018/2019 season, the 10K Valencia Ibercaja achieved the best 10km road records of Spanish athletes for both men and women. According to the ranking published by the RFEA (Royal Spanish Athletics Federation), it has been the fastest race in the world for Spanish athletes thanks to the records achieved by Juan Antonio ‘Chiki’ Pérez (27:59) and Trihas Gebre (31:39), which also represents the Spanish female record and had broken the one that est had been in force since 2009 (32:06, Barcelona).
More than 13,000 non-professional runners
The 10K Valencia Ibercaja will be held this Sunday 12th January from 9:30am, with more than 13,000 runners registered (so far), exceeding previous registrations for the sixth consecutive time. Runners can register for this event until January 7th (23:59h) through the official website: www.10kvalencia.com. Valencia’s participation will be outstanding with thousands of independent runners, but also with thousands of participants from numerous clubs and teams in Valencia who will enjoy the first event of the year in Valencia City of Running to the full.
The 10 most numerous teams (as of today) are
REDOLAT TEAM: 256 registered
RUNNERS CIUTAT DE VALÈNCIA: 241
ORERO PATERNA RUNNERS: 197
N.D. ROADRUNNER: 132
SANUS VITAE TEAM: 108
TEAM 3FDC: 107
THE KENYAN URBAN WAY: 85
BRIDGE TO BRIDGE: 70