This weekend, the Monaco Run celebrated its 13th edition of two days of races in optimal weather conditions. It was a sell-out with the popular Sunday’s three races jam-packed. All in all a total of nearly 2000 runners took part in this great annual running festival in the Principality.
The event, organized by the Monegasque Athletics Federation and which obtained the World Athletics Label this year, was split into two parts.
Saturday’s 1,000m on Port Hercule
170 runners – including around thirty from the AS Monaco Athletics School – took part in the traditional 1,000m on Port Hercule.
Sunday’s “Big Three” Races
Sunday February 12th, three races were on the program: the City Trail, the 5km Herculis and the 10km APM Monaco.
Monaco Run City Trail Route
Running on tarmac and trail it shows off much of Monaco, including a challenging climb to the top of the Rock that passes Fort Antoine on the way. Just walking up to the Rock is strenuous enough. These runners fly up it!
This year, on the City Trail, Adrien JANIN took first place with a time of 53:11. Maximilien DUQUESNE and Valentin BOUTHIER (AS Monaco) complete the podium in 54:03 and 55:28.
Only a few minutes behind were the fastest women just a smidgeon off the hour mark. Nathalie FAVREAU won in 1:00:05 ahead of Nadezhda SOLOVEVA (AS Monaco) (1:04:21) and Katia BONNARD (1:06:14).
5km Hercules European Record Broken
Jimmy GRESSIER sets himself the European 5km record! The flagship event of the Monaco Run, the 5km Herculis, saw the triumph of Frenchman Jimmy GRESSIER in 13:12. An Outstanding performance for the athlete who has just returned from an internship in Kenya. Thanks to this time, he recovers the European record by 2 seconds from the Italian Yemaneberhan CRIPPA. A record he had already had in his possession from 2020 to 2022 after his performance on the Monaco Run 2020 (13:18). How much faster can he run? We’ll be watching for another record next year.
Dominic LOBALU (13:24) and Oscar CHELIMO (13:32) complete the podium. AS Monaco’s Alex MILNE, ranked 25th in a creditable 14:54.
Among the women, the victory went to Mirriam CHEBET in 15:40 ahead of Ine BAKKEN (16:24) and Jenipher CONTOIS (16:28). Adriana GRIGORAS DI GUISTO was AS Monaco’s first licensee over the finish line with a time of 18:49.
10km APM Monaco
On the 10km APM Monaco, it was Yohan LE BERRE who won with a time of 29:52. Behind him, we find Domink HERREN (30:14) and Clément SIMON (30:21). Come SAUVAL (43:51) was the best Asemist in this race.
On the women’s side, the victory went to Zuzana GEJDOSOVA who crossed the finish line in 36:50. Lisa MIGLIORINI and Elodie LHOMER completed the podium with times of 39:15 and 40:37. The best Asemist female performance on this 10km APM Monaco was to the credit of Maria WEBER, 8th female in 42:37.
Pink Ribbon Walk
Finally, as part of the Monaco Run, the Pink Ribbon Walk was organized, the traditional march in favour of the fight against breast cancer which brought together 200 people in the streets of the Principality.
Since its first edition in 2011, the Monaco Pink Ribbon Walk has brought together thousands of participants in a gesture of support for people suffering from breast cancer and to raise awareness of prevention and early detection methods.