Introducing SuperHalfs - Europe’s most exciting new half marathon series
Have you ever wanted to experience your own running adventure, globetrotting from city to city and running the world’s most iconic events? Well now you can with SuperHalfs, a brand new event series brought to you by the organisers of Europe’s leading half marathons.
What is SuperHalfs?
SuperHalfs is a new event series launched by the organisers of the Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia Half Marathons. It’s a race that starts in one city and ends in another, allowing participants to combine their love of running and travel in one unforgettable experience.
Each event city is an iconic destination that makes for great experiences, great pictures and great memories for you, your family and friends.
Over 100,000 runners will be taking part in one of the five events of the inaugural series in 2020. Will you be one of them?
What are the SuperHalfs events?
The SuperHalfs events are the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, Copenhagen Half Marathon, Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon, and Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP.
Each of the five SuperHalfs events is either a World Athletics Gold Label race or a certified World Athletics Championship course.
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon
The launch of SuperHalfs will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, which has become one of the leading destinations for elite runners and amateurs alike.
Famed for its flat and fast course, the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon held the men’s world record for the distance from 2010-2018, with thousands of runners earning their personal best there.
But this isn’t a course solely reserved for speed. It also offers stunning views of Portugal’s capital, setting off along the 25 de Abril Bridge before winding through the city and finishing at the famous Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monument.
Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon
The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon was set up with one simple goal in mind - inspire the people of the Czech Republic to get active and become healthier and happier. Now 20 years later it has become one of Europe’s most popular half marathons.
The race takes in a looped course of Prague, starting and finishing at Jan Palach Square with breathtaking views of Prague Castle along the way. Runners and spectators are treated to a party atmosphere, which keeps people from all over the world coming back year after year.
Copenhagen Half Marathon
First held in 2015, the Copenhagen Half Marathon is the newest event on the SuperHalfs series. It has quickly established itself as one of the best Half Marathons in the world, with 25,000 runners taking to the streets of one of Europe’s coolest cities.
The race passes through many of the city’s famously distinct districts including Nørrebro, Frederiksberg Allé (known as the ‘Nordic Champs Elysées), Vesterbro and the Inner City.
It’s hard to believe that one half marathon can pack so many sights into one course, but the Copenhagen Half Marathon has all that and much more awaiting runners.
Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon
With a well-deserved reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s best running events, the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon is a race that’s not to be missed.
Hordes of cheering spectators line the streets of Cardiff and Cardiff Bay as runners pass by the city’s leading attractions including Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium.
In 2016 the event cemented its status as a globally recognised race when it played host to the World Half Marathon Championships. Now, with its spot on the SuperHalfs series, this already amazing event is set to go from strength to strength.
Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP
The final event on the SuperHalfs calendar, the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP is officially the world’s fastest half marathon. Abraham Kiptum ran the 2018 race in 58:18, narrowly beating the previous world record by five seconds.
But a race would be nothing without its spectators, and Valencia brings them in their thousands as cheering locals come out to support a global gathering of runners. Combine that with a fast course and good weather, and it’s easy to see why this event is always a sell-out.
How do I take part in SuperHalfs?
To enter the SuperHalfs, you simply need to enter one of the five series events. During your registration you’ll have the option to register your interest in SuperHalfs, which will kick-start the running experience of a lifetime.
There’s no extra fee to take part in the series, and no qualification requirements.
SuperHalfs can be completed in any order, so you can pick any of the five events to start your journey. Once you’ve completed your first event, you’ll receive your virtual SuperRunner Passport.
You’ll then have 36 months to run the five events to complete the SuperHalfs series. Remember, there’s no strict rules on the order you need to finish the events. This is your own running adventure, and the choice is yours how you map it out.
What is the SuperRunner Passport?
Think of the SuperRunner Passport as your virtual running travel diary. After every SuperHalfs event you take part in you’ll earn an e-stamp in your SuperRunner Passport as a memento of your achievement.
The SuperRunner Passport is how you’ll track your progress through the SuperHalfs, and check which races you have left to complete.
What do I get for taking part in SuperHalfs?
Becoming a SuperRunner comes with a whole host of benefits. You’ll be treated as a VIP at each of the five events, with guaranteed entries, special race numbers with priority pick up, and exclusive SuperRunner merchandise.
Best of all, once you’ve completed all five SuperHalfs events you’ll earn your place in the coveted SuperHalfs Hall of Fame and receive a unique medal that is soon to be revealed.
A sustainable event series
Aside from their status as world-renowned half marathons, one of the unifying features of all five SuperHalfs events is their sustainability policies.
A leading goal of SuperHalfs is to ensure “the only footprints we leave behind are those we make with our feet.” The SuperHalfs team aim to do this by becoming the world’s most sustainable half marathon event series.
As well as taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the events, a percentage of the entry fees will go towards environmental initiatives and sustainability programmes.
Where can I find out more about SuperHalfs?
To find out more and start planning your SuperHalfs experience, visit the official SuperHalfs website. There you’ll be able to learn more about the five events, and register your email address to be the first to hear about all the latest SuperHalfs news.