In bright sunshine and 20 degrees. It was a grand experience for both
spectators and participants. Here, elite runners and those running a marathon
for the first time, where represented. Many raised their arms in pride and
relief as they passed the finish line.
The warm temperatures caused the participants to quickly need the fluids and
wet sponges available along ther route. While the spectators could lean back
and enjoy the impressive sight of joyfull and enthusiastic runners moving
through the streets of Copenhagen like a huge organic snake.
The participation was the highest in three years, and the number of women
participants rise steadily each year. 710 women completed the distance of
42,195 km this year.
“We are very satisfied with the Marathon” says Niels
Jørgen Holt, Chairman of Sparta. “It is the best Marathon in many
years, counting the number of participants, the weather and the coordination of
the event. We can’t complain about anything, only, we hope that we will
see even more women running in the future, as in America where almost half the
runners are women”.
This year’s winner of Copenhagen Marathon was the Polish runner Janusz
Sarnicki in a time of 2:23:55. Best female was the Sparta’s own runner
Anne-Mette Aagaard in 2:49:34
1. Anne-Mette Aagaard, 2:49:34; 2. Anna Marie Simonsen, 2:57:29; 3. Maria
Poala Colzi, (ITA), 2:57:59; 4. Karina Berner-Magnusson, 2:59:01; 5. Vibeke
Hansen, 3:00:24; 6. Kirsten Søborg, 3:03:07
1. Janusz Sarnicki, Polen, 2:23:55; 2. Hans Mygind, 2:27: 09; 3. Peder
Troldborg, 2:29:22; 4. Meschek Kosgei, 2:30:09; 5. Kjeld Dissing, 2:31:54; 6.
Steen Michael Petersen, 2:34:04