Posted on: 11:30 pm, November 24, 2013, by Kasey Babbitt and Carey Wickersham OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — FOX 4’s Karli Ritter honored the memory of her grandfather as she ran her twelfth half-marathon in 12 months on Sunday. She ran alongside Officer Bob Schluben, who was running his 52nd marathon in 52 weeks. Ritter was […]
- Introducing Pikermi
Pikermi is a town halfway between the original marathon route from Marathon to Athens, Greece. Therefore, the distance of 13.1 miles or 21.1k, half the distance of the 26.2 marathon, is known as pikermi (pee-ker-me).
- First Marathon
The name Marathon comes from the legend of Greek messenger, Pheidippides (fahy-dip-i-deez ) who was sent from the battlefield of Marathon, Greece to Athens in 490 B.C. to announce the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon. It is said he ran the entire distance without stopping to deliver the momentous message “Niki!” (“victory”), then collapsed and died. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Greece which included a run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic Stadium in Athens – a distance of 24.85 miles. The initiators and organizers were looking for a great popularizing event, recalling the ancient glory of Greece.
- Marathon Distance Changes
The distance was changed at the 1908 Olympic Games to 26.2 miles to cover the ground from Windsor Castle to White City Stadium so the race could finish in front of the Royal Family’s viewing box.
- Marathon Distance Set
The modern 42.195 km (26.2 miles) standard distance for the marathon was set by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) in May 1921 directly from the length used at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.
- First Pikermi
The first recorded pikermi by the ARRS was in Romford, England in 1960. However, the Fontana Days Run Half Marathon, known as the “World’s Fastest” due to its 2125 foot elevation drop, started in 1955 in Fontana, California making it not only the fastest pikermi, but the oldest pikermi still running today.
- Largest Pikermi Ever
The largest pikermi ever held was Broloppet (the Bridge race) between Copenhagen-Malmö with 79,719 finishers, held in connection with the Öresund Bridge inauguration. Broloppet was a running event that took place on the Öresund Bridge between 2000 and 2006. The first event took place on June 12, 2000. With over 90 000 entrants and 79 719 finishers it remains one of the largest running events ever held, and the world's largest half marathon ahead of Göteborgsvarvet (59 000) and the Great North Run (54 000).
- Pikermi is the Fastest Growing Road Race Distance
Since 2003, the pikermi has been the fastest growing road race distance in the United States, and for seven consecutive years (2006-12), the number of 13.1 mile finishers has grown by 10% or more each year. No other U.S. road distance comes close to this growth rate during the Second Running Boom (circa 1994).
- Pikermi US Record Holder - Female
Deena Kastor; Berlin Half Marathon; 1:07:34 (#Kara Goucher; Newcastle South Shields, United Kingdom; 1:06:57 in September 30, 2007 - #not officially ratified by IAAF)
- Pikermi US Record Holder - Male
Ryan Hall; Houston Half Marathon; 59:43 (#Terry Cotton; Fontana Days Run; 59:41 on April 19, 1986 - #not officially ratified by IAAF)
- Renaming the "Half Marathon"
Several posts and blogs were written about renaming the half marathon, stating that calling a 13.1 mile race a ‘half’ was a great disservice to the distance.
- Pikermi Movement
Team Pikermi is created on Facebook to bring awareness to the name change.
- Pikermi World Record Holder - Male
Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea; Lisbon Half Marathon; 58:23
- Record Increase in Pikermi Finishers
Both 2009 and 2010 saw the largest percent increase (24%) of pikermi finishers recorded.
- Pikermi World Record Holder - Female
Mary Keitany of Kenya; Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon; 65:50
- Largest Pikermi
The current largest pikermi in the world is the Gothenburg pikermi, held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden, with 59,417 announced runners and 44,094 finishers in 2012. The largest in the US is the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, having sold out with 35,000 participants for the past 11 years.
- Largest Debut Pikermi
The largest debut pikermi was Rock 'n' Roll Portland (OR) with 11,038 finishers. Overall, there were six debut pikermis with more than 5,000 finishers ( Tinkerbell, Rock 'n' Roll St. Pete, Hollywood, Rock 'n' Roll Pasadena and San Diego), a record (previous record was four in 2010).
- Record High in Pikermi Finishers
In 2012 U.S. pikermis had an estimated 1.85 million finishers, an impressive 14.9% increase from 2011.
- Record Female Pikermi Finishers
For the first time in history, 60% of U.S. pikermi finishers were females (approximately 1,110,000, a record)
- Pikermi Established
Pikermi.com is the first official website created solely to educate runners about the history of the 13.1 mile distance.
- Youngest runner to complete pikermi
Anthony Russo, five years old from Jackson, New Jersey, is the youngest sub-2:30 pikerminor in U.S. history completing Trenton Half Marathon in 2:22:25.
- First Event To Use Pikermi in the Title...
...who will it be??
Two Berkeley runners win city’s first half marathon November 24, 2013 1:38 pm by Tracey Taylor Runners leave the starting gate at Berkeley’s first half marathon on Sunday Nov. 24, 2013. Photo: Christian Kreibich Berkeley resident Anna Bretan and UC Berkeley student JP Slater were the winners of today’s first Berkeley Half Marathon. Bretan, who won the 2013 San […]
14 NOV 2013 Iaaf News Monaco IAAF/AI Bank World Half Marathon Championships Copenhagen 2014 – progress report The Local Organising Committee (LOC) from the IAAF/AI Bank World Half Marathon Championships Copenhagen 2014 gave a progress report to the IAAF Council on Thursday (14). The LOC confirmed that 30,000 people had entered the mass participation race […]
Kindergartener defeats much older boys in New Jersey race. ByPeter Gambaccini Published November 11, 2013 “I want to win,” Anthony Russo had said as he looked ahead to last Saturday’s Trenton Half Marathon in New Jersey. That would have been a tall order for anyone, but especially for a 5-year-old. Remarkably enough, Anthony completed the […]
Written by Michael Nielsen The Snow Canyon Half Marathon, St. George’s second largest city race, took place Saturday morning with over 2,600 runners. The marathon has hosted more and more runners each year, said Aaron Metler Director of Races for the City of St. George. The first year only had 500 participants seven years ago […]