WORKING GROUP ON ROAD RECORDS

Criteria for Road Records

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World Records (as recognized by the ARRS)

Men
  5 km    12:59.5   Sammy Kipketer (KEN)           26 Mar 2000   Carlsbad CA USA
  8 km    22:02.2   Peter Githuka (KEN)            20 Jul 1996   Kingsport TN USA
 10 km    26:43.7   Leonard Patrick Komon (KEN)    26 Sep 2010   Utrecht NED
 12 km    33:46     Simon Kigen (KEN)              19 May 1985   Portland OR USA
 15 km    41:12.5   Leonard Patrick Komon (KEN)    21 Nov 2010   Nijmegen NED
 10 mi    44:23.0   Haile Gebreselasie (ETH)       04 Sep 2005   Tilburg NED
 20 km    56:01     Zerisenay Tadesse (ERI)        08 Oct 2006   Debrecen HUN
 HMar     58:23     Zerisenay Tadesse (ERI)        21 Mar 2010   Lisbon POR
 25 km  1:11:50     Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei (KEN)    09 May 2010   Berlin GER
 30 km  1:28:00     Takayuki Matsumiya (JPN)       27 Feb 2005   Kumamoto JPN
 Mara   2:03:22.2   Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN) 29 Sep 2013   Berlin GER
 50 km  2:43:38     Thompson Magawana (RSA)        02 Apr 1988   Cape Town RSA
100 km  6:16:41     Jean-Paul Praet (BEL)          12 Sep 1992   Winschoten NED
Women
  5 km    14:46     Meseret Defar (ETH)         09 Apr 2006   Carlsbad CA USA
  8 km    24:38     Paula Radcliffe (ENG)       24 Apr 1999   Balmoral SCO
 10 km    30:28.6   Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR)       08 Jun 2002   New York NY USA
 12 km    38:09.4   Lineth Chepkurui (KEN)      02 May 2010   Spokane WA USA
 15 km    47:00     Shalane Flanagan (USA)      15 Mar 2014   Jacksonville FL USA
 10 mi    51:43.4   Teyiba Erkiso (ETH)         01 Apr 2007   Washington DC USA
 20 km  1:03:21     Lornah Kiplagat (NED)       08 Oct 2006   Debrecen HUN
 HMar   1:06:25     Lornah Kiplagat (NED)       14 Oct 2007   Udine ITA
 25 km  1:26:34     Nancy Conz (USA)            13 Jun 1982   Boston MA USA
 30 km  1:50:45     Marty Cooksey (USA)         10 May 1980   Pasadena CA USA
 Mara   2:17:42     Paula Radcliffe (ENG)       17 Apr 2005   London ENG
 50 km  3:08:39+    Frith vanderMerwe (RSA)     25 Mar 1989   Cape Town RSA
100 km  7:00:27     Norimi Sakurai (JPN)        06 Sep 2007   Winschoten NED

Note: Women's world records as recognized by the ARRS must be set in all-women's competition.  Exceptions have been made for the 50 km and 100 km events.

Other Notes

Men 10 mile. The 44:23.0 for Gebreselasie is based on reported stopped times of 44:22.8, 44:23.0, and 44:23.1.  The median of three stopped times is considered to be the official mark.  The race organization mistakenly continues to report this mark as 44:24.

Rejected Marks

Men 10 km. The 27:02 reported for Haile Gebreselasie (ETH) at Doha QAT on 11 Dec 2002 was illegally aided by a sizeable lead vehicle that provided drafting for the lead men's pack. At times, Gebreselasie was reported to be within one meter behind this vehicle. A statistical analysis of the race provides an estimate that this drafting produced times that were 47 seconds faster than had the lead runners not had this advantage. IAAF Rule 143 clearly prohibits such assistance. This mark has been recognized by the IAAF.

Men 25 km. The 1:11:47 reported for Haile Gebreselasie (ETH) at Alphen aan den Rijn NED on 12 Mar 2006 was illegally paced by runners in the 20 km race who started their race at the moment that Gebreselasie passed the 20 km start line, having already run his first 5 km. The rules against pacing prohibit any runner that is not properly entered in the competition from accompanying a runner. In this case, the runners in the 20 km were not in the same competition as Gebreselasie who was running in a special 25 km race.


National Records

In principle, national records should be maintained by the national governing bodies in each country. However, very few countries recognize road records and there are no uniform standards for such recognition. Eventually, a uniform set of standards will be accepted but until that time, the ARRS will list both those marks recognized by the various national governing bodies and those marks conforming to a consistent set of criteria. Please refer to the National Records web page for details.

World Indoor Records

No official world indoor records are kept.  The ARRS maintains a list of the best known marks made on undercover tracks that are not longer than 220 yards (201.168 meters).  Women's marks beyond 10000m do not need to be set in all-women competition.

Men
  3000 m      7:24.90  Daniel Komen (KEN)                06 Feb 1998  Budapest HUN
  2 mile      8:04.35  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)             16 Feb 2008  Birmingham ENG
  5000 m     12:49.60  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)             20 Feb 2004  Birmingham ENG
 10000 m     27:50.29  Mark Bett Kipkinyor (KEN)         10 Feb 2002  Ghent BEL
 15000 m     48:54.2   Louis Bouchard (FRA)              14 Mar 1912  Paris FRA
 10 mile     52:40.4   Louis Bouchard (FRA)              14 Mar 1912  Paris FRA
 20000 m   1:07:42.6   Albert Aldridge (GBR)             07 Mar 1909  Paris FRA
 one hr    18.248 km   Louis Bouchard (FRA)              14 Mar 1912  Paris FRA
 25000 m   1:27:18.8+  Gosta Ljungstrom (SWE)            14 Mar 1910  New York NY USA
 30000 m   1:45:01     Michael Wardian (USA)             01 Jul 2010  Arlington VA USA
 20 mile   1:50:58.4   Gosta Ljungstrom (SWE)            14 Mar 1910  New York NY USA
 two hr    34.200 km   Michael Wardian (USA)             01 Jul 2010  Arlington VA USA
 marath    2:27:21     Michael Wardian (USA)             01 Jul 2010  Arlington VA USA
100000 m   6:59:45     Aleksey Izamilov (RUS)            26 Jan 2008  Moscow RUS
100 mile  13:00:49     Patrick Macke (GBR)               14 Feb 1986  Deerfield IL USA
 24 hr    254.070 km   Kenji Okiyama (JPN)               17 Mar 2007  Brno CZE
 48 hr    426.178 km   Tony Mangan (IRL)                 16 Mar 2007  Brno CZE
 6 day   1030.00  km   Jean-Gilles Boussiquet (FRA)      16 Nov 1992  La Rochelle FRA

Women
  3000 m      8:23.72  Meseret Defar (ETH)               03 Feb 2007  Stuttgart GER
  2 mile      9:06.26  Meseret Defar (ETH)               26 Feb 2009  Prague CZE
  5000 m     14:24.37  Meseret Defar (ETH)               18 Feb 2009  Stockholm SWE
 10000 m     32:51.28  Yuliya Gromova (RUS)              20 Dec 2008  Saint Petersburg RUS
  one hr   16.460 km   Bronwen Cardy (WAL)               08 Mar 1992  Birmingham ENG
100000 m      8:05:21  Irina Vichnevskaya (RUS)          30 Jan 2009  Moscow RUS
  24 hr   221.867 km   Irina Reutovich (RUS)             18 Mar 2000  Brno CZE
  48 hr   372.415 km   Irina Reutovich (RUS)             22 Mar 2002  Brno CZE

+ indicates mark made at next longer recorded lap


Last Updated on 20 Mar 2014