The organisers of the Reading Half Marathon announced Mizuno as headline sponsor for 2012, an impressive race finishing at the Madejski Stadium. The route, which is one of the world’s fastest half marathon courses, remains unchanged since the first ever race in 1982.
The race starts in Green Park, 250m from the Madejski Stadium, taking runners along the old road to Reading University before going through the city centre, over the river Kennet, past The Oracle shopping complex, under Abbey Gate, out to Prospect Park and back into town.
One of the highlights of the race is the finish in front of the stands in Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium, which runners have described as ‘unbelievable finish which makes the previous 13.1 miles totally worthwhile, definitely a race ending on a high’.
The course starts and finishes at the Hamburg Congress Center. Runners pass through some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the city, including the Reeperbahn, alongside the River Elbe and around the Aussenalster Lake.
The 20 km of Brussels is a 20.1 km race that has been held each year in Brussels since 1980, usually in May. It used to have a maximum number of 25,000 entries, but in 2010 a staggered start-time approach led to an increased maximum number of entries of 30,000.
The race is a major event in Brussels, with a large turnout of supporters. The course is quite challenging for newcomers, particularly due to the gentle, and largely invisible, climb that covers most of the first seven kilometres. It is a very popular event, proven by the speed with which the places are snapped up every year.
The Zaragoza marathon is now a firm fixture on the national calendar, and offers an itinerary which takes in all the city’s most emblematic sights.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy Zaragoza, in the region of Aragon, at its best. The race is run along the banks of the Ebro river, across the new bridges built specially for Expo Zaragoza 2008, and ends at the modern Metropolitano park after completing a single circuit which includes some of the city’s most representative sights.
On the 18th October the streets of downtown Bilbao will host the 6th consecutive year of this unique and different race. The Bilbao Night Marathon has three different distances:
MARATHON (42K), HALF MARATHON (21K) and PIRATE RACE (10K)
All races start at 19:30 and time limits to complete the course will be:
MARATHON: 5h 30 min
HALF MARATHON: 2h 45 min
PIRATE RACE: 1h 30 min
Regarded as one of the leading marathons worldwide and supported for over a decade by Mizuno, the Amsterdam Marathon attracts over 30,000 runners from over 65 different countries. The Dutch capital boasts one of the largest and most prestigious annual marathons with runners treated to a route passing some of the city’s most renowned landmarks such as the Vondelpark, Rembrandt Square before finishing inside the spectacular Olympic Stadium, which was built for the 1928 Olympic Games. Of those runners expected each year, 10,000 are anticipated to participate in the full route, making the Amsterdam Marathon the largest in the Netherlands. For those not quite ready for a full marathon distance, the Mizuno half-marathon (21.1km) is the perfect solution, with 14,000 runners making the Mizuno-sponsored race the largest half-marathon in the country.
The eagerly anticipated Osaka Marathon is expected to attract over 30,000 runners. With runners treated to a route passing some of the city’s most renowned landmarks, the race is due to start in front of Osaka Castle with many already speculating that it will become one of the most prestigious global annual marathons of the running calendar. "We have a special attachment to and deep affection for Osaka, where our company was established,” said Akito Mizuno, President of Mizuno Corporation. “We are extremely happy to have been approved as a sponsor of the first Osaka Marathon to be held there. Mizuno will help this event develop into one of the major marathon events in Japan and become renowned worldwide."