The 2014 IAAF AL World Half Marathon Championships was a huge success today. For the Danish Athletic Federation, they sponsored the largest running event EVER in Denmark, with 30,000 runners in the half marathon, and 202 elite runners in their first World Championships of Athletics in Denmark. For the IAAF, their "bold experiment" should be de rigeur for all of their athletics events: a peoples' race and road championships could be part of every and any championships.
Keen observers noted that this may be the most profitable event in IAAF history. One thing for certain, combining championship athletics events and mass participation road running makes both promotional and financial success!
As I write this, more than 2/3 of the 30,000 runners and walkers have finished. A sunny day, a bit blustery greeted the runners as the women took off at 12:30, and the men and people's field took off at 12:55.