Countdown To The 2019 C&D Xiamen Marathon
(January 6, 2019)
Inaugurated in 2003, Xiamen International Marathon is co-hosted by the Xiamen Municipal Government and Chinese Athletic Association.
In 2008, Xiamen International Marathon became one of the first eight marathons to be awarded the IAAF Gold Label Road Race (the rest are: Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Berlin Marathon, London Marathon, Paris Marathon and Beijing Marathon), and it is the youngest among them. Since then, Xiamen Marathon has been awarded the Gold Label for 11 consecutive years.
In 2015 Xiamen International Marathon, Kenya's Moses Mosop posted the fastest marathon time ever recorded on Chinese soil in 2:06:19. In the same year, Ethiopian's Mare Dibaba won the women's race in 2:19:52 to break Xiamen International Marathon record, ranking the second best female result on Chinese soil.
In 2017, Xiamen International Marathon become the second professionalized race in China with marathon only, seeing 30,000 runners.
In 2018, Xiamen International Marathon has been officially renamed as "Xiamen Marathon".
In 2019, Xiamen Marathon became the first marathon in the world to join the UN Environment's #CleanSeas campaign.
Among the male elite runners in Xiamen Marathon, there is 1 Olympic Games Marathon silver medalist, 1 first runner-up and 1 second runner-up of the World Championships, and 24 top-three in the World Marathon Majors with 8 champions. Among the female elite runners, there are 3 Olympic Games Marathon medalists (one silver and two bronzes), 4 World Championship Marathon winners (2 champions, 1 first runner-up and 1 second runner-up), and 9 top-three in the World Marathon Majors with 5 champions.
Up to 2018, the number of Xiamen Marathon finishers is more than 160,000.
The average finishing result in 2018 is 4:30:47.
Average result of men's Top 10 runners: 2:07:43, and women's 2:23:23.