A record number of 12 706 runners finished the 2004 marathon.

The history of Stockholm Marathon


Kenyan triumph
Kenya had only two top entrants, but that was enough to collect victories in both the men’s and women’s categories.
Joseph Riri ran most of the second lap with Mostapha Errebah, the Italian who placed second in last year's Stockholm Marathon. Riri made his move just over one kilometre from the finish in the Olympic Stadium. Errebah couldn't respond.
– This win is important for my business, explained Riri, who manages his own training camp in Eldoret in Kenya.
?23 year old Rita Jeptoo from Kenya ran an even pace for the whole course in this her first ever marathon race. She left her opponents after the first 10k. She increased her lead constantly and won the race by seven minutes!
– It was a tough course and fantastic spectators, said Jeptoo.
?The number of runners has increased steadily over the last eight years. In 2004 entries from 16 221 runners representing 55 countries were accepted. Registration had to be closed three months before race day.
13 667 runners started the race and a record number of 12 706 finished the race.
49,5 per cent of the runners came from other countries than Sweden.

• 16 221 entrants (12 654 men and 3 567 women) from 55 countries. 13 667 started the race and 12 706 finished (record for the race).
• Results MEN:1) Joseph Riri, KEN, 2.16.12. 2 Mostapha Errebah, ITA,
2.16.34. 3) Aleksey Sokolov, RUS 2.18,17.
• WOMEN: 1) Rita Jeptoo Sitienei, KEN, 2.35.14. 2) Svetlana Ponomarenko,
RUS, 2.42.05. 3) Angelinah Sephooa, RSA, 2.45.56.

From rain to sunshine
Heavy rain on Saturday morning greeted the record number of 17.071 in the 27th Stockholm Marathon. But just in time for the start at 14.00 the weather changed into perfect running conditions for the elite runners with a temperature of 13 degrees Centigrade, cloudy skies and slackened winds.
?Later in the race the temperature rose as the clouds disappeared, much to the delight of the slower runners.

Kasirai Sita from Zimbabwe took advantage of these circumstances and won a clear victory with 2.13,30, the best result in Stockholm over the last 14 years. Sita broke away from his opponents at 28 km and at the finish inside the Olympic Stadium he was more than 1 minute ahead of the Kenyan Daniel Kiprugut.
??Susan Michelson from Australia was leading most of the women’s race, but was overtaken by Tina Maria Rámos, Spain, with about 3 km to go.
Malin Ewerlöf-Krepp, 800m silver medalist at the European Championships in 1998, ran a very economic race taking her to a final third place. The 33 years old, former cross country and track specialist, won the Swedish national championship on her marathon debut.

Entries were closed three months before race day. For the first time ever the Swedish runners were in minority. Out of 17 071 entered runners, 8 550 came from other countries than Sweden. 5 279 came from Finland, 1.034 from Germany and 558 from Great Britain.
The average age for male runners was 41 years old, for female runners 39 years old.
Of the participants, 8 665 had never before finished the Stockholm Marathon. However, many of them had run other marathons. 60 runners had finished all previous 26 Stockholm Marathons.
The race was broadcast live by TV 4 in Sweden.

• 17 071 entrants (13 354 men and 3 717 women) from 55 countries. 13 476 started the race and 12 7061 finished.
• Results MEN:1) Kasirai Sita, ZIM, 2.13.30 2) Daniel Kiprugut Too, KEN, 2.15.13 3)Phillip Bandawe, ZIM, 2.15. WOMEN: 1) Tina Maria Ramos, ESP, 2.41.28 2) Susanne Michelsson, AUS, 2.42.51 3) Malin Ewerlöf-Krepp, SWE, 2.44.

A race with many records
The record number of 12 936 runners crossed the finish line in the 1912 Olympic Stadium in warm and sunny weather when the 28th Stockholm Marathon was staged on June 3.

In many ways this was a record race. The number of runners who entered (17 247), started (13 446) and finished (12 936) were all record figures. Registration had to be closed three months before race day, when the maximum number of entries was reached.
?The marathon course in Stockholm is basically two laps through the central parts of Stockholm. This means that the fast runners will lap the slower runners. For this to work smoothly, race organisers limited the entries to 17 000.?
The Stockholm Marathon is truly an international race. 8 503 out of the 17 247 accepted entries are from runners representing countries other than Sweden

Many runners started the race cautiously, knowing that the warm weather – 22 degrees C – could affect their running during the last part of the race.
?In the men´s category a quartet of African runners took command early in the race.?In the final 10 kilometres Philip Bandawe from Zimbabwe was the strongest. After finishing number two in 2005, Bandawe now won a clear victory. He finished in 2.17.01 – three minutes ahead of his compatriot Michael Ngaseke. ?
In her first ever Stockholm Marathon, 25 year old Anna Rahm from Sweden, ran the “race of her life”. Anna Rahm led the women´s race from start to finish. Her winning time was 2.36.37 which is a good result on the undulating course in Stockholm on a warm day.

• 17 247 entrants (13 444 men and 3 803 women) from 57 countries. 13 446 started the race and 12 936 finished.
• Results MEN: 1) Phillip Bandawe, ZIM, 2.17.01. 2) Michael Ngaseke, ZIM, 2.20.05. 3) Kent Claesson, SWE, 2.22.23. WOMEN: 1) Anna Rahm, SWE, 2.36.37. 2) Eva Maria Gradwohl, AUT, 2.42.48. 3) Tina Maria Ramos, ESP, 2.44.03.

The shower stations along the course were appreciated in the heat.

29 degrees made it rough the 29th time

A severe heat affected the 29th Stockholm Marathon. The temperature reached more than 80 degrees (28-30 degrees C). 16 refreshment stations and 24 showers helped the runners to endure the heat of the Scandinavian summer day.
The participants had the opportunity to defer their start to next year’s race. Still, a record number (14 319) decided to take part. Despite of the weather conditions there were very few cases of dehydration, a proof of wisdom by the cautious runners.

Defending Champion Philip Bandawe of Zimbabwe managed to win after a battle with Jonah Kemboi and Simon Kasimili. The two Kenyans couldn’t keep up with the Zimbabwian’s pace the last five miles, even if the winning time was by a large margin the slowest of the race’s history. Bandawe is only the second man to defend his title in Stockholm.

Curiously, the top Scandinavian women managed the heat better than the male Africans. Kirsten Melkevik Otterbu secured the ninth Norwegian victory with only 17 of the 9 556 male finishers ahead of her.
Otterbu started to run at the age of 32 and logs the huge training distance of 200 miles/week. Five years later she has entered three World Championships races and collected top spots in Frankfurt and Hamburg.
Otterbu won in 2.37.03, beating the previous year’s winner Anna Rahm by two minutes. Third placed Kenyan Winfrida Kwamboka lost seven minutes to Otterbu during the second half of the race.

• 17 655 entrants (13 545 men and 4 110 women) from 61 countries. 14 319 started the race and 12 435 finished.
• Results MEN: 1) Phillip Bandawe, ZIM, 2.20.56. 2) Jonah Kemboi, KEN, 2.22.16. 3) Sergej Lukin, RUS, 2.22.57. WOMEN: 1) Kirsten Melkevik Otterbu, NOR, 2.37.03. 2) Anna Rahm, SWE, 2.39.02. 3) Winfrida Kwamboka, KEN, 2.45.48.