Sunday 10th July – Quito Half Marathon (Ecuador)

Sunday 10th July – Quito Half Marathon (Ecuador)

adam_quitohalf1Report by OAC’s Adam Baird:

It’s not everyday that I find myself in Quito, Ecuador, when their Marathon is on.

I didn’t fancy the full 26.2 miles given the 3,000m altitude of Quito, so I opted for the Half instead.

Altitude training started with a two week holiday on the beach on the pacific coast. When I got back to Quito I put in a few runs for two weeks before the race, including a hike up to the 4,696m peak of volcano Rucu Pichincha, then running down to 3,000m, much to the surprise of the locals.

The race started at 7.30am up-town Quito. Perfect conditions – a cool 16 degrees and not a gust of wind – for the 2.5 laps around Parque Carolina.

Not before long I realised that running at altitude isn’t much fun unless you’re well acclimatised.

adam_quitohalf2My target of a sub 1h50m finish soon shifted back to a sub-2h target after the first lap. It was great to see live salsa bands along the route (see pic) to keep us going – very Latin American!

The race was won by Cristobal Jose Narvaez Andrango in 1h 09m 29.3s (I don’t think he’s from Yorkshire and he has no powerof10 link!).

I managed to sneak under two hours in 1h 58m 18.4s, 309th out of 449 finishers (results at

More altitude training needed for sure… still, I think I was first Otley on the day.

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