Azalea Trail Run

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Azalea Trail Run
Azalea trail run.jpg
Azalea Trail Run logo
Date late March
Location Mobile, Alabama United States
Event type Road
Distance 10 kilometers (6.2 mi)
Established 1978
Course records M: 27:26 (2001)
Kenya Abraham Chebii
F: 31:29 (1997)
South Africa Colleen De Reuck
Official site www.pcpacers.org/atr/

The Azalea Trail Run is an annual road running event held in late March in Mobile, Alabama which is considered one of the United States' premier road races. Runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes from around the world and at all levels turn out for the event. The 10-kilometer race is known for its fast, flat course along Mobile’s oak shaded streets and has seen blistering records set by runners since its inception.[1] The 2015 race will be the 38th annual running.[2]

In 2001, Joseph Kimani of Kenya finished within two seconds of setting a new world record in the men's open division in 27:41. John Campbell of New Zealand established a world’s best time for a male masters athlete (over 50 years of age) in 1999 with his time of 31:02. In 1994, Martin Mondragon of Mexico set the current world record for men masters, at 28:56.[1]

The two-day family, friendly event was founded in 1978 and includes a world class 10K race, a fun run, and a Health and Fitness Expo.[3] The ATR is produced by the Port City Pacers, a local nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting health and fitness through running and walking.[1] 2,000 participants are expected for the 2015 race.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Joan Benoit was the 1984 winner of the race.
Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi won the 2009 men's race.
Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1978  Bill Rodgers (USA) 30:26  Lisa Savell (USA) 40:15
2nd 1979  Marty Liquori (USA) 30:39  Gayle Barron (USA) 37:31
3rd 1980  Ken Misner (USA) 29:34  Dolly Harrison (USA) 37:38
4th 1981  Bill Rodgers (USA) 29:01  Patti Catalano (USA) 32:32
5th 1982  Bill Rodgers (USA) 28:59  Brenda Webb (USA) 33:01
6th 1983  Bill Rodgers (USA) 28:37  Linda McLennan (USA) 33:18
7th 1984  Simon Kigen (KEN) 27:57  Joan Benoit (USA) 31:57
8th 1985  Ken Martin (USA) 28:30  Priscilla Welch (ENG) 32:14
9th 1986  Peter Koech (KEN) 28:03  Liz Lynch (SCO) 32:24
10th 1987  Paul Rugut (KEN) 28:19  Lisa Martin (AUS) 32:10
11th 1988  Mauricio González (MEX) 28:04  Teresa Ornduff (USA) 32:27
12th 1989  John Treacy (IRL) 28:17  Wendy Sly (ENG) 32:15
13th 1990  Martín Pitayo (MEX) 28:25  Francie Larrieu Smith (USA) 32:01
14th 1991  Mauricio González (MEX) 29:03  Francie Larrieu Smith (USA) 32:05
15th 1992  William Sigei (KEN) 27:45  Jill Hunter (ENG) 31:52
16th 1993  William Koech (KEN) 28:06  Wilma van Onna (NED) 32:07
17th 1994  Luketz Swartbooi (NAM) 27:51  Karolina Szabó (HUN) 32:55
18th 1995  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 27:41  Delilah Asiago (KEN) 32:07
19th 1996  Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN) 27:44  Judi St. Hilaire (USA) 32:24
20th 1997  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 27:54  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 31:29
21st 1998  Simon Rono (KEN) 27:55  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 32:10
22nd 1999  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 28:01  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 32:36
23rd 2000  Dominic Kirui (KEN) 27:49  Jane Omoro (KEN) 32:39
24th 2001  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 27:26  Gladys Asiba (KEN) 32:42
25th 2002  John Itati (KEN) 27:58  Gladys Asiba (KEN) 32:08
26th 2003  Linus Maiyo (KEN) 27:36  Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 32:12
27th 2004  John Itati (KEN) 28:55  Olga Romanova (RUS) 32:45
28th 2005  Luke Kipkosgei (KEN) 28:37  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 32:28
29th 2006  Samuel Ndereba (KEN) 28:35  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 32:19
30th 2007  Samuel Ndereba (KEN) 28:01  Rehima Kedir (ETH) 32:02
31st 2008  Moses Kigen (KEN) 28:15  Genoveva Kigen (KEN) 32:11
32nd 2009  Ridouane Harroufi (MAR) 28:14  Genoveva Kigen (KEN) 32:49
33rd 2010  John Cheruiyot (KEN) 27:59  Belaynesh Zemedkun (ETH) 32:24
34th 2011  Richard Kandie (KEN) 29:15  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 33:22
35th 2012  Shadrack Kosgei (KEN) 28:19  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 32:41
36th 2013  Elly Sang (KEN) 28:58  Ogla Kimaiyo (KEN) 32:33
37th 2014  Julius Kogo (KEN) 27:58  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 32:03
38th 2015  John Muritu (KEN) 28:34  Susan Jerotich (KEN) 33:43
39th 2016  Dominic Ondoro (KEN) 28:25  Caroline Chepkoech (KEN) 31:58
40th 2017  Dominic Ondoro (KEN) 28:04  Nancy Nzisa (KEN) 32:49

Wins by country[edit]

Country Men's race Women's race Total
 Kenya 27 13 40
 United States 7 14 21
 England 0 3 3
 Mexico 3 0 3
 Ethiopia 0 2 2
 Ireland 1 1 2
 South Africa 0 2 2
 Australia 0 1 1
 Hungary 0 1 1
 Namibia 1 0 1
 Netherlands 0 1 1
 Morocco 1 0 1
 Russia 0 1 1
 Scotland 0 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Azalea Trail Run Celebrates 30th Anniversary" (PDF). MdiDrive.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b Levins, Angela (March 15, 2015). "Azalea Trail Run races its 38th year through Mobile, what you need to know". AL.com. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Event Calendar". CityOfMObile.org. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
List of winners

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