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Cross Internacional de Soria
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The race course is set in a grassy suburb of the city of Soria
Date and location Late November
Soria, Spain
Race type Cross country
Distance 10 km for men
8 km for women
Established 1994
Official site Cross Internacional de Soria

The Cross Internacional de Soria, also known as the Campo a Través Internacional de Soria, is an annual cross country running competition that takes place in Soria, Spain. First held in 1994, it usually takes place in late November and gained IAAF cross country permit meeting status in 2007.[1] It was previously a European Athletic Association permit meeting.[2]

The competition features elite races of 10 km for men and 8 km for women. The men's and women's race had initially been competed over distances of 9 km and 6 km respectively, but the course lengths were increased in 2006.[3][4] The course, known as the "Monte Valonsadero", was used in the early 1990s as a training ground by Fermín Cacho and Abel Antón,[5] two of the region's foremost athletes. After inspecting the area, Miguel Ángel Pérez and Adolfo Caballero (members of the Athletics Delegation for Soria) suggested that a cross country meeting should be held there.[6] It is a grassy course set in the Sorian countryside,[7] and it is at a particularly high altitude – 1063 metres above sea level.[8]

Many World Championship medallists have competed at the course,[7] including Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam, Zersenay Tadese, Meselech Melkamu and Linet Masai. The meeting tends to be dominated by runners from East Africa and Spain.[9] The high standard of runners that the meeting attracts means that the Cross Internacional de Soria is consistently ranked among the best cross country meetings in Spain by the Real Federación Española de Atletismo – the Spanish governing body for athletics.[6]

Past senior race winners

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 1994  Tijani Rahmouni (MAR) 24:38  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 11:31 (5 km)
II 1995  Manuel Pancorbo (ESP) 23:44  Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP) 13:45
III 1996  Omar Errachidi (MAR) 24:41  Jaqueline Martin Alvarez (ESP) 13:08
IV 1997  Million Wolde (ETH) 26:42  Jaqueline Martin Alvarez (ESP) 14:02
V 1998  Laban Kipkemboi (KEN) 25:12  Yimeneshu Taye (ETH) 14:25
VI 1999  John Kosgei (KEN) 29:03  Naomi Mugo (KEN) 16:49
VII 2000  Salim Kipsang (KEN) 26:05  Margaret Nghoto (KEN) 15:37
VIII 2001  Tom Nyariki (KEN) 26:36  Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 19:25
IX 2002  Charles Kamathi (KEN) 26:04  Zulema Fuentes-Pila (ESP) 20:24
X 2003  Benjamin Limo (KEN) 27:35  Merima Denboba (ETH) 20:44
XI 2004  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 25:52  Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 19:24
XII 2005  Boniface Songok (KEN) 26:24  Rose Jepchumba (KEN) 19:47
XIII 2006  Ali Abdallah (ERI) 30:10  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 27:38
XIV 2007  Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 28:58  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 27:24
XV 2008  Leonard Komon (KEN) 29:11  Yane Kiptoo (KEN) 26:40
XVI 2009  Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 30:21  Linet Masai (KEN) 27:06

References

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Specific
  1. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2007-11-25). Ebuya, Melkamu easy winners in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  2. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2003-11-23). Limo and Denboba out-sprint rivals in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  3. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2006-11-19). Eritrea and Kenya take the cross country spoils in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  4. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2005-11-20). Songok and Jepchumba accomplish Kenyan sweep in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  5. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2007-11-23). Spotlight on Ebuya and Melkamu - Soria Cross Country preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  6. ^ a b Historia del Cross Internacional de Soria (Spanish). ANOC. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  7. ^ a b World medallists gather in Soria. IAAF (2003-11-21). Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  8. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2008-11-23). Komon and Kiptoo are successful in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2006-11-17). East Africa versus Spanish armada in Soria on Sunday. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.

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