Mainly with my friends and colleagues in the running community in mind, here are a handful of shots from today’s 20th Ljubljana Marathon, won by Ethiopians Limenih Getachew and Melkam Gizaw. Above, Kenyan Paul Kipkemboi leading the men’s race as a pack of 12 approached the midway point.
Getachew clocked 2:08:19 for his first career marathon win, setting a new race record. Gizaw stopped the clock in 2:25:42, 18 seconds shy of the race record set six years ago, but a new personal best by 42 seconds.
I didn’t get a clear shot of either of the winners because organizers allowed way to many people to congregate directly in front of the dedicated photographers’ platform: television camera crews, timing officials, security guards, other runners, people dressed as dragons and pink rabbits. These two photos were taken with a 300mm lens, are full frame –actually Getachew is uncropped and Gizaw just slightly trimmed– and basically useless.
I do like how they were both chased towards the line by a red dragon.
The clutter was just as bad when men’s runner-up Mulugeta Wami reached the line.
I realize that the only way to fully eliminate these problems is with the addition of a (very expensive) photo bridge. But even without one, some stricter control in the finish area could go a long way.
That said, I don’t want to take too much away from the organization, which overall did a great job. More than 24,000 participated in a variety of events yesterday and today –from children’s races on Saturday to today’s 10K, half-marathon and marathon– setting another record for the Ljubljana event.
A few more images for those wanting to put a face to name.
Guta Hunde Fayissa who paced women’s winner Melkam Gizaw start-to-finish, at the midway point Daniel Kiprugut of Kenya before the start. He eventually finished a distant 13th, hobbling across the line. I hope he’s ok. And Dadafo Dhaqabi of Norway who finished 11th.