Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon is one of the most popular races in Portugal where professional athlets run side by side with amateurs. It's held every March since 1991, attracting about 35,000 runners. In 2010, the world record for half marathon was set by Zersenay Tadese during this race.
The race start takes place at 10:30 am on the Ponte 25 de Abril, not far from the toll barriers. Upon arrival at Campo das Cebolas, the route turns to Praça do Comércio and Avenida 24 de Julho, towards Alcântara – Avenida da Índia, passing the famous Jeronimos Monastery. Then it continues through Avenida Marginal up to Dafundo, and return back to the Finish Line is in front of the Jerónimos Monastery. The marathon course is known to be really scenic, flat and fast.
The race is a part of the Official Calendar of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) and its participants include some of the world’s top athletes. It covers a distance of 21,097 meters. But there is also the additional race – the Mini-Marathon, rather a social event than the actual competition. Its distance is 7,200 meters and it is open to all those who wish to participate.