Kosciuszki Square in Gdynia (© Marcin Alfutowski)
Poland is ready to welcome about 250 runners from more than 50 teams to compete at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 on Saturday 17 October.
The sole World Athletics Series event of 2020 will also be one of the most highly anticipated competitions of the year as several global champions and world record-holders feature among the entries.
World 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei, fellow Ugandan star Jacob Kiplimo, and world record-holders Peres Jepchirchir and Ababel Yeshaneh will all compete for global honours in Gdynia this weekend.
The event was rescheduled from its original date in March and the course has also been adapted to ensure any potential risks are kept to a minimum.
Now held on a five-kilometre loop around the city, the race will start almost from sea level at the renowned Kosciuszki Square. The course takes in some of the main roads in the city centre with a slight uphill section along Swietojanska Street, then the final stretch heads back down towards the sea with the finish line located on the main city beach in Gdynia.
Teams may enter a maximum of seven athletes, but no more than five shall be allowed to start in each race.
Team results are decided by the aggregate of times recorded by the first three finishers of each team. The team with the fastest aggregate time will be judged the winner.
If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team, the runners finishing shall be counted as individuals in the race result and be eligible for the individual prize money.
In the event of a tie, it shall be resolved in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.
Prizes will be awarded to the top six individuals and the top six teams in both races. The prize money is as follows:
A US$50,000 bonus will be awarded to any athlete who breaks a world record.
Further information and coverage of the championships can be found on our dedicated competition mini-site.