At his debut in the half marathon, the Ethiopian Belaya Bedede won the fifth edition of the Lago Maggiore Half Marathon, completing the 21.1km in 1h01 minute, beating 4 Kenians, Edwin Kipyego, Charles Waweru, Michael Mutai and Jackson Munyao. The first non African was the Australian Clinton Perrett who finished in 1h03:40 seconds and achieved his personal Best. More than 1,800 runners took part this morning to the competition, one of the most successful and scenic course in Italy. Due to their unique characteristics, the half marathon will most likely become in the top 5 in Italy next few years. Unfortunately for the first time, we saw a decrease in participation. To give an idea, the first edition in 2008, already 1413 runners crossed the finish line, while the number increased to 1928 in 2009 (+36.4%), to 2024 in 2010 (+4.9%), to 2160 in 2011 (+6.7%).
At the same time, 1798 (mostly) Italian runners participated to the 7th Edition of the Half Marathon on the 2 Pearls, with the Italian Daniele Meucci winning in 1h05:11.
(*) please note that for technical reasons, results are still not fully available on the site.
Below you can find the link to the 2012 Portofino Half Marathon.