Vienna City Marathon receives IAAF Road Race Gold Label
Prestigious Award for Austria’s biggest sporting event
The team of the Vienna City Marathon is honoured to be awarded the IAAF Road Race Gold Label
. For the first time Austria’s biggest sporting event with more than 32,000 participants is included in the highest category of road races by the IAAF.
“The Gold Label is a wonderful credit for our constant efforts of staging an extraordinary running event. We are very proud that the high quality of our event is acknowledged at the highest level”, says Race Director Wolfgang Konrad. The Vienna City Marathon is in good company indeed. In 2011 only 16 marathon races worldwide, such as London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo or Paris, have been awarded the Gold Label. The IAAF also assigns Road Race Labels in Silver and Bronze. The Vienna City Marathon is the only running event in Austria with the right to hold an IAAF Label of any category.
A number of criteria had to be fulfilled in order to achieve the IAAF Gold standard. These include the number and quality of elite athletes, an extended live coverage on TV, the quality of medical services for the participants, technical standards, media services and many more.
It was only some days earlier that the team of the Vienna City Marathon had another reason for being joyous. When Abel Kirui
won the World Championships Marathon in Daegu, Korea, he continued an incredible series. For the third time in a row the current World Champion is a winner of the Vienna City Marathon!
In 2007 Luke Kibet
won the global title in Osaka, Japan, only months after celebrating a decisive victory in Vienna. Kirui, the winner in Vienna 2008, went on to triumph at the World Championships in Berlin 2009. Now the Kenyan successfully defended his title. By coincidence, his winning time in Daegu was exactly the same he ran in Vienna 2008, thereby setting the still standing course record of 2:07:38 hours.