PRM / CPH Half secures future world stars

3. december 2018 07:01 | Af: Ritzau Info

CPH Half ranks among the world’s fastest half-marathons and that attracts a long series of the greatest world stars of the future

Pressemeddelelse fra Sparta Atletik og Motion

‘The fact is that we are not financially equipped to attract the biggest names such as Mo Farah. Instead it is often the slightly younger runners, not yet at their full capacity, lining up for start, and that actually often yields faster times. They take a chance right from the start and run to set a fast time, as this can further their career’, says Henrik Paulsen, Sports Director at Sparta Atletik & Motion.

So, for the Copenhagen Half Marathon there is a clear strategy in spotting future start and bringing them to start. A strategy that has aided in placing CPH Half on the world map as one of the fastest half-marathons on the globe.

The man with the world record

A good example of this strategy is Abraham Kiptum. A name that may not mean a lot to most people, precisely as it didn’t when he lined up for start on September 16th at the Copenhagen Half Marathon. At this point he was far from the biggest names and favourites. Surprisingly, he finished 2nd with a time of 59:09, which was a new PB. He then continued to set an amazing new world record with a time of 58:18 a month later at the Valencia half-marathon.

‘This proves that we are securing the right runners for the CPH Half. Our dream is for a new world record to be set in Copenhagen, and had the wind not played a trick on us this year, we definitely had runners capable of setting a new world record, as Kiptum proved a month later in Valencia. So, this will remain our strategy when we compile the 2019 elite field’, says Henrik Paulsen

The Copenhagen Half Marathon will take place on September 15th 2019 and registration is now open.


Sparta Atletik & Motion and Dansk Atletik Forbund


The Nordea foundation

Primary sponsor



Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, The Frederiksberg Municipality and The Copenhagen Municipality


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