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Cardiff to hold 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Cardiff to hold 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships


Wales has won the right to host the prestigious IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff in 2016. The event is the first of its kind to be staged in Wales and will be the biggest athletics event hosted by Wales since the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

The race will take place in March, 2016, with runners of all standards able to join in the same event as the elite athletes.

Some of the world’s best endurance athletes are now expected to use the Cardiff Half Marathon course as part of their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“The Cardiff Half Marathon has become an iconic part of the Welsh sporting landscape and the past two years, with a 27% growth in entries, have amply demonstrated the true potential of the event,” said Nigel Roberts, the chairman of Run 4 Wales, who organised the race.


He went on to describe Cardiff as “a city that can stage the most spectacular international sporting events.”

"There will be a major economic impact for the city from the race and both Cardiff and Wales will be broadcast around the world,” he added.

“The challenge we now face is to use the 2014 and 2015 events to prepare the ground for the World Championships, when the streets of the Welsh capital will be pounded by some of the greatest athletes in the world.”

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