When “Sądecka Dycha” — the Nowy Sącz street race was organised for the first time five years ago, it attracted 150 participants. Yesterday, the 10-kilometre long distance was covered by 379 runners from Poland and abroad e.g., from Ukraine, Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Slovakia. Apart from professional runners (officially licensed by the Polish Athletics Association) the street race also attracted numerous amateurs who treat running as a leisure activity. When compared to the past events, the number of runners representing our region has increased significantly.
As usual, the race route led from the Stary Sącz market square to the Nowy Sącz Town hall. Elisha Kiprotich from Kenya was the first at the finish line, having covered the ten kilometre distance in 29 minutes and 21 seconds, thus beating the 29 minutes and 55 second record set by Jakub Burghardt from Muszyna in 2009.
Final results: – 10 km – open: 1. Eilisha Kiprotich Sawe (Kenya) 00:29:29, 2. Szymon Kulka (ULKS Lipinki) 00:30:16, 3. James Meli Cheruiyot (Kenya) 00:31:42, 4.Bartosz Gorczyca (Skołszyn) 00:32:04, 5. Kacper Piech (Biała Podlaska) 00:32:10, 6. Tomasz Kawik (Brenna) 00:32:40. Women: 1. Hellen Jepkosgei Kimutai (Ethiopia) 00:35:10, 2. Christine Chepkemei (Ethiopia) 00:35:13, 3. Anna Wojna (ULKS Lipinki) 00:35:46, 4. Katarzyna Albrycht (Krościenko) 00:36:11, 5. Gabriela Rolka (Nowy Sącz) 00:38:45, 6. Izabela Zatorska (Wrocanka) 00:39:10.
The Nowy Sącz street race is organised by Marian Ryżak, a marathon runner, who works at NEWAG S.A., and the event is sponsored by NEWAG S.A.
Photos: Jerzy Cebula, sadeczanin.pl