The Vendanta Delhi Half Marathon is one of the finest races in India, showcasing the global and local talent that has come to support a developing and exciting road-running community in this exciting and diverse country. Spain sports announced that Haile Gebrselassie will be visiting the race on October 16, 2022, as the International Event Ambassador!
Haile Gebrselassie competed from the 1,500m to the marathon against the very best of his era. His enthusiasm for the sport and his desire to be the best in the world entertained a generation of global fans and encouraged the dreams of athletes around the world.
His battles over 10,000m are legendary. Former RW publisher and NYRR Chairman Emeritus George Hirsch told this writer that he believes that the 2000 Olympic 10,000m may have been the finest 25 lapper race in the history of our sport. His closely fought battle between Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie will go down in Olympic history as one of the great duels of all time.
Haile Gebrselassie to be the International Event Ambassador
at the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2022
Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest distance runners in history, will be the International Event Ambassador at the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2022 on Sunday, 16 October, race promoters Procam International were proud to announce on Thursday ( 22 September 2022).
The Ethiopian legend won the 10,000m gold medal at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and four successive World Athletics Championships 10,000m titles from 1993 to 99.
In addition, Gebrselassie won a further four world indoor gold medals and the 2001 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships title and set no less than 15 world records outdoors and on the roads, and a further five world indoor records, revising the record books over a stunning range of distances from 1500m to the marathon.
“Few things are more inspiring and joyful than seeing a city run together. When we run together, we stay together, we win together,” said Gebrselassie, whose activities in Delhi will include motivating and inspiring the thousands of runners who will take to the streets of the Indian capital next month, as well as promoting the event in the final days before the gun goes.
“Running and the community are the two most important things to me, and an event like the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon brings them together in a special way.
“The enthusiasm of the host city inspires something special in everyone involved in making this beautiful event possible. I’m going to be cheering all the runners as we celebrate the different hues of Delhi,” he added.
Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, the reigning world half marathon champion and world record holder over the distance, will headline the elite field for the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2022.
The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2022 is a World Athletics Elite Label Race and one of the world’s most prestigious half-marathons.