Course Set For World Championships Marathon

Multi-loop course will run through downtown Daegu, Korea for women’s marathon on August 27 and men’s race on September 4.

Daegu, Korea will host the 13th IAAF World Track & Field Championships from August 27 through September 4. At the biennial global championships, more than 2,000 of the world’s best athletes will compete in 47 events (24 for men and 23 for women). Daegu is located in the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula and has a population of approximately 2.5 million.

The women’s marathon, the first event final, is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 9:00 am and the men’s marathon on Sunday, September 4 at 9:00 am. World Championship 2011 qualifying standards for the marathon are 2:17:00 for men and 2:43:00 for women.

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The marathon course starts and finishes at the historic Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park in downtown Daegu and features two 15K loops followed by a final 12.195K lap (most of the previous 15K loop). The 26.2 mile course passes by some of the most scenic and famous Daegu attractions including Suseong Lake.

The main competition will be contested in Daegu Stadium with a capacity of 66,400 – the largest stadium in Korea.

For more information on Daegu 2011, visit the event’s website at  IAAF.org.

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