Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2018 filled the streets of Copenhagen with thousands of recreational runners tailing the elite. Leading up to the race, the organizers together with main sponsor Telenor hosted a conference on Digital Running.
New race record posted by William Morwabe from Kenya clocking 2.11.15, which is the fastest marathon time ever in Copenhagen. The record is an improvement of the existing record of 2.12.10. Shasho Insermu from Ethiopia was the fastest woman with a time of 2.32.17.
“Organising a marathon is more than race records. It’s an opportunity to focus on running related topics. That is why we in Sparta together with our digital partner Telenor, the city of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg and Sport Event Denmark always look for new ways of putting running on the agenda,” says Dorte Vibjerg, CEO of the organizing running club, Sparta.
What happens in the minds of the winners, the elite runners and around 8,000 thousand recreational runners when they mentally and physically prepare for a marathon? Is it possible to monitor the brain activity during the race in order to understand factors as motivation and determination? These questions were asked at this year’s Digital Running Conference.
Running a marathon is not only a physical achievement but also a mental marathon, explained the brain scientist, Thomas Z. Ramsøy at the Digital Running Conference staged on Monday. By monitoring the brain activity of runners exercising and competing gives an insight of the so-called ‘Runners High and Low’.
So far, there is little insights of the psychological variations of the mental states during a marathon but research on the mental stages of running will initially help understand and enhance the running.
All runners of the Telenor CPH Marathon have most likely been through the phases of highs and lows during their run and the images of focused faces. For the organizers the highs of Sunday’s marathon were thus race records, a brilliant weather and the open window to the investigation of the mental and physical aspects of running.
Facts on Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2018
- 9120 entrants
- 7883 starters
- 36% international runners
- Digital Running Conference, May 7
Sponsors & partners
Main sponsor: Telenor
Sponsors: Nike, BMW, High5
Partners: Sport Event Denmark, the city of Frederiksberg, the city of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen, Danish Athletics Federation