Eleven Images From the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon

Paul Kipkemboi at 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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  1. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Very cool, loving the rabbit and dragon. Hoping for some good pix while on vacation in Palm Springs art museum here has exhibit on high heels!

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent, enjoy. 🙂

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