Paul Kipkemboi at the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon
Paul Kipkemboi at the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon

Eleven Images From the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon

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.

Limenih Getachew

Melkam Gizaw

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.

Mulugeta Wami
Mulugeta Wami

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.

Rebecca Korir of Kenya at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonRebecca Korir of Kenya, runner-up in 2:30:36.

Limenih Getachew at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonMen’s winner Limenih Getachew before the startNaomi Tuei at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonKenyan Naomi Tuei finished third in 2:33:58 Oleg Grigoryev of Russia at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonOleg Grigoryev of Russia finished in 2:17:10, shy of the Olympic qualifying standard.

Guta Hunde Fayissa at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonGuta Hunde Fayissa who paced women’s winner Melkam Gizaw start-to-finish, at the midway point Daniel KiprugutDaniel Kiprugut of Kenya before the start. He eventually finished a distant 13th, hobbling across the line. I hope he’s ok. Dadafo Dhaqabi of Norway at the 2015 Ljubljana MarathonAnd Dadafo Dhaqabi of Norway who finished 11th.


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