Delhi Half Marathon

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Delhi Half Marathon
Delhi Half Marathon.png
The logo for Delhi Half Marathon
Datelate October or early November
LocationJawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf marathon
Primary sponsorAirtel
Course recordsMen: 59:06
Ethiopia Guye Adola (2014)
Women: 1:06:49
Ethiopia Tsehay Gemechu (2018)
Official siteDelhi Half Marathon

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an annual half marathon foot-race held in New Delhi, India. Established in 2005, it is both an elite runner and mass participation event. It is an AIMS-certified course and is listed as a Gold Label Road Race [1]by the IAAF.[2] The 2009 event attracted around 30k runners who competed in one of the four races:[3] The event includes the half marathon, the 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3 km run for senior citizens, and a 3.5 km wheelchair race.[4]


Finish line of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016 at Nehru Stadium

The course starts in the Nehru Stadium, although this was temporarily moved to the grounds of the Secretariat Building while the stadium was under renovation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[5] The race is largely flat and has delivered fast winning times in its short history, with men producing a number of sub-one hour times and women recording times under 1:08:00.[6][7][8]


The race was sponsored Hutchison Essar for its first two races, and the company sponsored the event as Vodafone Essar in 2007 following a takeover. Rival communications company Airtel holds the sponsor role since 2008.[9]


The half marathon[10] is the elite runner race, while the Great Delhi Run attracts the majority of participants overall. The inaugural edition in 2005 had total prize money of US$310,000.[11] The prize for the winners of the men's and women's race was $25,000 dollars in 2009 and $27,000 in 2015.[12][13]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2005  Philip Rugut (KEN) 1:01:55  Irina Timofeyeva (RUS) 1:10:35
2nd 2006  Francis Kibiwott (KEN) 1:01:36  Lineth Chepkurui  (KEN) 1:10:40
3rd 2007  Dieudonné Disi (RWA) 1:00:43  Deriba Alemu (ETH) 1:10:30
4th 2008  Deriba Merga (ETH) 59:15  Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 1:08:17
5th 2009  Deriba Merga (ETH) 59:54  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:06:54
6th 2010  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 59:38  Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 1:08:35
7th 2011[14]  Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 59:30  Lucy Wangui (KEN) 1:07:04
8th 2012 [15]  Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 1:00:55  Wude Ayalew (ETH) 1:11:10
9th 2013 [16]  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 59:12  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 1:08:02
10th 2014 [17]  Guye Adola (ETH) 59:06  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 1:10:04
11th 2015 [13]  Birhanu Legese (ETH) 59:20  Cynthia Limo (KEN) 1:08:35
12th 2016[18]  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 59:44  Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 1:07:42
13th 2017[19]  Birhanu Legese (ETH) 59:46  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 1:07:12
14th 2018[20]  Andamlak Belihu (ETH) 59:18  Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 1:06:49



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  2. ^ "AIMS Race Directory". Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ "Keitany sub-1:07 again, Merga defends in Delhi Half Marathon". IAAF. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  4. ^ "30,000 people run the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon". Hindustan Times. 2009-11-01. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  5. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2007-10-28). "Disi, Alemu the winners in New Delhi Half-Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  6. ^ "Delhi attracts high quality field and Jackie Joyner-Kersee's assistance". IAAF. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  7. ^ "Half Marathon All Time – Women". IAAF. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  8. ^ "Half Marathon All Time – Men". IAAF. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  9. ^ "Airtel looks at leveraging world's richest Delhi marathon". MSN. 2009-10-29. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ "ADHM 2017". Bee Bulletin.
  11. ^ "Delhi marathon hits rough weather". The Hindu. 2005-07-22. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  12. ^ "Defending champions return, but Mergia will have Keitany to contend with - Delhi Half Marathon preview". IAAF. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  13. ^ a b "Legese, Limo show at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon". Business Standard. 29 November 2015.
  14. ^ "In close races, Desisa and Kabuu prevail in New Delhi Half". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  15. ^ "Race result 2012". Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  16. ^ "Race result 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  17. ^ "Race result 2014". Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  18. ^ "Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) | Race Results". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  19. ^ "Berhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana win 2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  20. ^ "Results 2018". Retrieved 2018-10-25.

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