Thousands of runners at the start of the Ibiza marathon
Credit: Ibiza Marathon

The Santa Eulària Ibiza Marathon this weekend experienced record participation.

Kenya’s Aspel Kiptoo Kiprop took first place with an official finishing time of 02:27:16, leading the entire race ahead of fellow Kenyan Josphat Kiprop Kiptis, second, who stopped the clock in 02:36:33. Belgian Wout Croonen was third with a time of 02:40:11. English athlete Gemma Ann Selby was first woman across the line in 03:29:32; she was closely followed by Diva Oliveira (03:29:52). The podium was rounded off by Great Britain’s Verity Nott (03:34:09).

Olympic athlete and race ambassador, Dani Mateo, registered the best time in the intermediate distance, the 22K, thus revalidating his title with a time of 01:11:13. More than four minutes separated the runner from Soria from second finisher, Mohamed Rida Younes Chelloubi (01:15:43); while Guillem Satorre González finished third in 01:19:41. Yésica Más was first woman of the 22K in her debut in the Ibizan race with a time of 01:25:07. Clara López, who set the course record in the last edition of the race, once again stood on the podium, this time as second place with a time of 01:28:24. Third place was shared by Belgian Elien Janssen and Italian Elisa Melilli (01:31:36).

Once again this year, local runner Adrián Guirado won the 12K with a time of 00:39:59, thus improving his time from last year’s edition, and in the women’s category Lotte Scheldeman was the winner with a time of 00:47:16.

The Councillor for Sports, Economy and Finance, Salvador Llosa, started the marathon at 3:30 pm in the Port of Ibiza, just a few metres from the Mediterranean Sea and with Dalt Vila as a backdrop. At the start of the 22K, the distance with the highest percentage of registered runners, located in Santa Gertrudis, Miguel Tur, deputy mayor of Santa Eulària des Riu,
was in charge of giving the starting signal. And in the 12K, which started at the same time as the intermediate distance, it was Carmen Ferrer, mayor of Santa Eulària des Riu, who gave the starting signal.