Race Information

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The event is run in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) of 2018-2019 in force as from 1st November 2017, which are in harmony with the ones of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and these of Rwanda Athletics Federation. With special focus on the rule 240 in section VIII , the rule 260- point 21 in section X and the rule 261 Section X.
The KIPM circuit complies with detailed international criteria in order to be considered eligible in the top lists, marathons that provide Entry standards, World Rankings and World Records. The latest list was published by IAAF on 5th October 2018.
Events to be held:
Full Marathon (competitive)
Half Marathon (Competitive)
Run for Fun (not competitive and no results records)
The following Regulations are only applicable to full and half marathon runners both Males and Females.

2. Legal International Accreditation

Kigali International Peace Marathon is a member of the AIMS, and is on the top list of IAAF Certified marathon and Half Marathon courses, the list which was updated on 5th October 2018, due to fulfillment of all required international standards such as:
Course measurement and the use of it (KIPM has a valid international course Measurement Certificate since 2015),
Separation between start and Finish: (KIPM’s Start and Finish points are the same) Normally the rules says that performance achieved on courses where the start and finish points, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, are further
apart than 50% of the race distance are not valid for World records but valid for Legal top lists, Entry Standards and World Ranking.
Elevation drop: KIPM’s altitude at the stating and finish points are the same (The rules normaly says, any course with drop in elevation between the start and finish which exceeds 1:1000, i.e 1m per km, are not valid for World records, Entry standards and Legal top lists).


The races’course has a distance of 21,098 km with both start and finish lines inside the stadium, the half marathon runners pass through it one time, the full marathon runners pass through it two times.
The Calibrated Bicycle Method was used when measuring the KIPM’s Course in 2015 measured by JOHN Verzian an A grade IAAF/AIMS approved measurer who reported all measurements documents’ report to IAAF. As per guidance of IAAF Rules, it is important to highlight that KIPM’s course shall be re-measured next year 2020 to prevent a course from being found to be short in future.
The “short course prevention factor” was considered when laying out the course using a bicycle measurements system and considering the factor of 0.1% which means that each km on the course have a “measured length” of 1001m. And course was measured along the shortest possible route that an athlete could follow within the section of the road permitted for use in the race.
The course shall have umpires, Judges and referees with water stations across the circuit, and the distance in kilometers on the route shall be displayed to all athletes.


The KIPM Start and Finish lines are located inside the Amahoro National Stadium races shall be started by an air horn, as per the rule 162 of IAAF the commands for races shall be given to athletes as follow: five-minute, three-minute and one-minute to warn competitors before the start. on the command “On your marks”, the athletes shall assemble on the start line in the manner determined by the starting manager at this time, the manager shall ensure that no athlete has his foot (or any part of his body) touching the start line or the ground in front of it, and our chief guest assisted by the race director shall then start the races at an exact time communicated to participants, IAAF and AIMS with no delay of a single half on a minute.
Though recalling starts may be difficult, in any case, however where if we find a clear and willful breach, the Referee should not hesitate to consider Appropriate action in respect of an individual either during or after the race. If the start mechanism malfunctions and it is clear or possible that the timing system may not have started a recall where practical might be the best option, immediately the Race director who shall be closer to the starter (Chief guest) will communicate to Chief referee and timing system team to manage the situation following rules.


According to the point 7 of the rule 240 in Section VIII of International Rules, the organization shall ensure the safety of athletes and officials and shall ensure that the roads to be used for the competition Will be closed to motorized traffic in all directions, it is also important to note that the road shall be closed early before, to allow officials to put barricades and refreshments stations.
• Slow Runners: A Stragglers bus will follow the back markers on each race. The stragglers bus will notify late runners that the roads are open. (After roads are open= the finish of the event) the Rwanda Traffic regulations apply, any competitor still on the roads after this time is regarded by Rwanda law as pedestrian.
• Dropping out:
For those enable to continue the race at any point, we advise them to move over the side of the road and wait for the straggles bus. Anyone may also wish to stop at a water station, each of these stations will have a manager and the competitor should inform them on the intention to stop. They can assist in arrangements to return to the Amahoro National Stadium.


As per the guidance of the 240 rule, point 8 of it, water and other suitable refreshments shall be available at the Start and finish of all races, normally the rules say that for all events, water have to be available at suitable intervals of approximately 5km, but where conditions warrant, taking into account the nature of the event, the weather conditions and the state of fitness of the majority of the competitors, water and/or refreshments may be placed at more regular intervals along the route, therefore in KIPM 2019, Mist stations shall also be arranged due to altitude and climatic conditions.
The Refreshments at route stations shall have water, but the refreshment at the finish point shall include drinks (Water) and bananas for energy supplements. Though refreshments will normally be provided by the Organizers but any athlete is permitted to provide their own, in which case the athlete shall nominate at which stations they shall be made available to him. Refreshments provided by the athletes shall be kept under the supervision of officials designated by the LOC Chairman from the time that the refreshments are lodged by the athletes or their representatives. Those officials shall ensure that the refreshments are not altered or tampered with in any way.
The manager of refreshment shall delineate, by barriers, tables or markings on the ground, the area from which refreshments can be received or collected. Refreshments shall be placed so that they are easily accessible to, or may be put by authorized persons into the hands of, the athletes. Such persons shall remain inside the designated area and not enter the course nor obstruct any athlete. No official or authorized person shall, under any circumstances, move beside an athlete while he is taking refreshment or water, KIPM 2019 Water stations shall have three tables placed in 10m away of separations and each table shall have one officials responsible of it with a supervisor of the station coordinating and making sure that there is no breach of rules at that station.
An athlete may, at any time, carry water or refreshment by hand or attached to his body provided it was carried from the start or collected or received at an official station. But in KIPM 2019 an athlete who receives or collects refreshment or water from a place other than the official stations, except where provided for medical reasons from or under the direction of race officials, or takes the refreshment of another athlete be shall disqualified shall then immediately leave the course. Whoever takes water of his/her fellow athletes shall be shown a yellow card, if he /she does it twice, he/she shall be also disqualified.
Note: Following the International rules, an athlete may receive from or pass to another athlete refreshment, water or sponges provided it was carried from the start or collected or received at an official station. However any continuous support from an athlete to one or more others in such a way may be regarded as unfair assistance and warnings and/or disqualifications as outlined above may be applied.


An athlete may leave the marked course with the permission and under the supervision of an official, provided that by going off course he does not shorten the distance to be covered. If the Referee is satisfied on the report of a Judge or Umpire or otherwise that an athlete has left the marked course thereby shortening the distance to be covered, he shall be disqualified. Umpires shall be placed at regular intervals and at each key point, we shall also place other umpires who shall be moving along the course during the race.
At all refreshment station umpires who are there shall be considered as assistant Referees and that they be in communication with the Referee and each other to ensure the effective co-ordination of warnings and disqualifications. As always, they will be possibility as per the Note to Rule 144.2 that in some circumstances disqualification can, and should, occur without a warning being given.


Mobile Bathrooms shall be place along the course as well as sponging stations ,We request participants to discard the bottles in either provided roadside dust bins or to the side of the road. Dropping bottles on the road might be hazardous to runner’s behind.
Firt aid: First aid stations are manned by Doctors and Nurses Medical Commissions and first aid personnel will be placed where necessary in the circuit to facilitate whoever has a problem.
Ambulance: Ambulances will be strategically positioned on the route by the medical commission,
Medical center: The Main Medical Center, fully equipped, will be placed at Amahoro National Stadium by Medical Commission,
Emergencies and Evacuation: Ambulance will be Standby, for any case and the evacuation will be to the Rwanda Military Hospital.


Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, this means that once we receive and accept your entry.
1. Registration close on 14th June at 6pm Kigali Time
2. Participants will not receive a refund if they cannot participate.
3. Participants may not transfer their entry to another person or to a future event. None cannot give his or her race number to another person.
4. 30$ or 28EUR for foreigners, 2,000, 5000 FRW for locals and 10USd for EAC

10. Kit collection for participants

Participants who registered must show their ID to receive the Marathon race kit, number and timing chip at the marathon village. This kit should be picked in person.
Participants who will be enable to collect their Race Entry Pack in person, they may empower a representative to pick the kit up on their behalf. This representative should present the following to the distribution manager:
a. A letter authorizing the collection of the kit signed by the participant;
b. Copies of the relevant entry documentation;
c. Copy of the participant‟s identity.

11. Participation

a. Participants of Full and Half Marathon must be over 20 Years of Age and must be checked before by the medical team,
b. Participants in the Run for fun under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult;
c. Participants must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of the race for which they are entered,
d. Participants are required to wear an Official Marathon race number on the front of their jersey to participate in the Kigali International Peace Marathon;
e. No individual vehicles, motorbikes or Bicycles are allowed on the course;
f. Pet Animals, whether on lead or not are not allowed on the course;
g. Personal trainers, mentors or coaches will not be allowed on the course unless they are entered in the event and wearing an official Marathon Race Number;
h. No person shall under any circumstances run beside an athlete while he/she is taking refreshment or water, an athlete who collects refreshment from a place other than the refreshment stations renders him/herself liable to disqualification by the referees;
i. Competitors are obliged to follow the instruction of steward, race officials or Rwanda traffic police at all times;
j. Participants must start at the official start line and complete the full officially measured course;
k. Participants must start the event at the officially sanctioned start time only.

12. Finish of the event

The events (both Full and Half Marathon) will take 6Hours. Road Closures will be lifted by Rwanda National Police, in accordance with the schedule published time. The road Opening* signifies the finish of the event and any competitor on the course after this time will be excluded from the result.
After roads are open (the finish of the event) the Rwanda Traffic regulations apply. Any competitor still on the roads after this time is regarded by Rwanda Law as pedestrian.
*A trial vehicle or the stragglers bus will advise late runners that the roads are about to open to normal everyday traffic.

13. Conformity

It is responsibility of the competitor to familiarize themselves with the event rules, the race formats, times and routes and any direction as published in this document provided with the marathon race pack. Failure to comply with any of the rules may lead to disqualification.


Assembly Venue: Amahoro National Stadium

15 Minutes after the arrival of the Bronze medal winner, medal ceremonies shall proceed Note that For the Finisher, the highlighted time is an expected time
DONE AT KIGALI January 2019

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