Under a radiant sun and spring temperature, more than 1,500 runners from 33 countries around the world set off last Sunday, February 23 for the 6th edition of The Carthage Race Marathon.
The start was given by Mr. Moez Al Ourtani, 1st adviser to the President, on behalf of the President of the Tunisian Republic Mr. Kais Said.
The Tunisian and Algerian elites met on the starting line and it was very high-quality podiums that concluded this 6th edition of The Carthage Race Marathon 2020.
The Maghreb has been in the spotlight: indeed, runners from Libya, Morocco, Algeria have come in numbers, adding to the very strong presence of Tunisians runners which has given rise to moments of great brotherhood . From Japan to Brazil, Ireland to Nigeria, Malaysia, Belarus, China, Finland, Poland… All were delighted by the beauty of the historic site of Carthage, as well as by the quality of the race circuit, and also the support and encouragement from volunteers throughout the day.
42km-Marathon Women (100% Tunisian podium)
- Rim SLIMENE ( Tun) in 3:41:49
- Chefia HENDAOUI ( Tun) in 3:46:29
- Amina EGDIDA ( Tun) in 3:53:51
Those Tunisian Women runners are the expression of the Tunisian Elite challenge.
- Algerian Abed Al Hachemi (Alg) in 2:38:46 – 2nd time he win the Carthage Race Marathon
- Belkacem BITAM (Alg) in 2:46:03
- Fares DEBAYA (Tun) in 2:52:39 from Gabes Running Club
For the 21k- Half-Marathon Women, a 100% Tunisian podium
- Mahbouba BELGUESSEM (Tun) in 1:29:48
- Rafika Abd-Nnabi (Tun) in 1:33:37
- Roua JEMEI (Tun) in 1: 46:49
For the 21k- Half-Marathon Men, an international Maghreb ppodium,
Chams BENGHALI ( Alg) in 1:08:36
Wissem HOSNI (Tun) in 1:08:45
Abdelafateh DJELLAL ( Alg) in 1:10:31
For the 10 km Women
Sirine MEJRI ( Tun) in 40:04
Khawla KAMMOUN (Tun) in 46:15
Maud JEUNE ( Fr ) in 47:30
For the 10 km Men 100% Tunisian podium
Nassim SOUSSI ( Tun) in 32:57
Abdelrahim ZHIW ( Tun ) in 34:13
Faycal FADDAOUI ( Tun ) in 35:03
The Run Clubs & Companies Teams were once again in the spotlight this year. Innovation to encourage running team Club throughout Tunisia, since last year, The Carthage Race Marathon presents a special trophy to the best Team Run (Club or Company) who achieved the best time per team.
– The Carthage 2020 10km Champion Team Run Running Club Ksibet El Mediouni
– The Carthage 2020 Half-Marathon Champion Team Run Running Club Bizerte
The start and finish of the race was at the Romain Theater of Carthage (listed as World Heritage by UNESCO).
All the runners were able to discover some of the most beautiful historic sites of Carthage: the Malek Ibn Nass mosque, the remains of the Basilica of Damous El Karita, the mythical village of Sidi Bou Said, the water reservoirs of La Malaga with a passage in front of the Presidential Palace.
SME thanked the public authorities for having ensured, as every year, the security of this 6th edition of The Carthage Race 2020, the Heritage Promotion Agency which made available the Roman Theater site, the Municipality of Carthage, the Tunisian Red Crescent, Public Health, some 250 volunteers, judges, counsellors who helped, facilitated, accompanied the runners during the 5hrs of the race.
Thanks also to the sponsors of this 6th edition, without whom this event could not have been held: the Pierre Fabre Laboratory – Brandt – Alwen International – the Tunisian National Tourist Office – Pristine and IFM.
See you in 2021 for the 7th edition of The Carthage Race Marathon!