This weekend Kavarna, Bulgaria, next stop Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014 for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2014. And for the first time ever the World Championships will be transformed into a gigantic running festival for both elite runners and recreational runners. It will be fast, flat and scenic through the heart of Copenhagen.

As Kavarna passed on the baton to Copenhagen at this weekend’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships – the Danes were already up and running. In 2014 the World Championships will be staged in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

“I have started running in Copenhagen and I really appreciate it. You see people running everywhere. Old people, young people, – everybody runs in Copenhagen and Denmark,” says Wilson Kipketer, IAAF Ambassador and former world record holder and 3 x world champion at 800 Meters.

A massive and epic running festival is in the pipeline for the elite runners as a gigantic mass participation run with 25,000 participants will form a show room for running and set the scene for the elite. Registration for the mass participation race will open in November.

“Copenhagen is a scenic city that is clean, compact and safe and that regularly converts its city centre into spectacular arenas of sport events surrounded by historical and royal monuments. The Municipality of Copenhagen and Wonderful Copenhagen, further supported by Sport Event Denmark, have hosted a multitude of international sport events, including the IOC Session and Olympic Congress and the UCI Road World Championships 2011,” says Jakob Larsen, CEO, Danish Athletic Federation.

Editor’s note

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, 29 March 2014.

200 elite runners from around 50 nations are expected to participate in Copenhagen in 2014. In addition 25,000 recreational runners from Denmark and abroad will contribute to the running festivities in the mass participation race.

Staged by The Danish Athletic Federation; Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the Municipality of Copenhagen partner the event.