Prince Albert did the honors presenting the trophies
This past Sunday, February 16, 2020, the Principality became the epicenter of athletes gathering during the 2nd edition of Monaco Run, with 23-year-old Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda breaking the world record in the 5km, at the incredible time of 12:51. Prince Albert II did the honors of presenting the trophies.
The Ugandan put quite a distance ahead of a total of 1,150 runners from the start, running the first km in 2:31, following with 2:35, 2:36 and 2:35 with a closing 2:32 for the final km. It is the second year in the row that records are broken during this young race, organized by Didier Boinon for the Athletic Monegasque Federation.
Jimmy Gressier of France broke the European record, coming second in 13:18, while Nick Goolab of Great Britain was third in 13:27. Liv Westphal won the women’s race in 15:31, setting a French national record.
There was also a 1000 meters children’s race with many enthusiastic young participants.
Over 200 participants, men and women, dressed wore foulards, vests, t-shirts or wigs in pink to support the Pink Ribbon association march, to increase awareness to support breast health. Funds were raised for the Princess Grace Hospital, with its Director Benoite de Sevelings receiving a check for Euro 2,000 that will enable the hospital to offer comfort care to patients and optimize their healing process.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” Dean Karnazes