Royal and Ministerial start at the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Denmark

His Royal Highness and IOC member Crown Prince Frederik will together with Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, start the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships 2014 in Copenhagen March 29. This will also be the start of a gigantic running festival in the heart of the Danish capital.

300 elite runners and 30,000 recreational runners are signed up for the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on March 29. And for the first time ever the event will be a combined World Championship and a gigantic recreational run.

There will be two starts. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt will start the Elite women at 12.30, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik starts the Elite men and the 30,000 recreational runners off at 12.55.

“The starting pistol symbolises the end of the runners as well as organisers preparations and marks the beginning of the competition and celebration of running. We are honoured that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt have agreed to participate in this event as starters of the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships,” says Director of the Danish Athletic Federation, Jacob Larsen.

The 21.0975 KM long World Half Marathon course runs through the heart of Copenhagen with start and finish in front of the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg.

Denmark is the perfect example of how a rather small country can punch above its weight and set example for other countries around the world. The story of Copenhagen is a story about a host city with the proven ability to organise successful events in creative, green and beautiful surroundings. For the half marathon the runners will face a fast, flat and scenic course in a festive frame celebration running.

Editor’s Note:

Aprox. 300 elite runners from 72 nations are expected to participate in Copenhagen in 2014. In addition 30,000 recreational runners from Denmark and abroad from 76 nations will also take part in the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships.

Organisers: The Danish Athletic Federation, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg are supporting the event.

Read more about IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships 2014 here: English.copenhagen2014.dk and on Facebook.

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