The world half-marathon championships are running in Poland in 2020 and the IAAF has opened up the field to non-elites. “Anyone can line up on the Kosciuszki Square in Gdynia–the city of dreams and sea–along with the world’s best road runners battling for the championship title.”
The world half championships aren’t the only place where runners can participate alongside the best in the world. The 2024 Paris Olympic marathon is also offering the general public a spot on the start line. In the 2018 event featured Geoffrey Kamworor and European half-marathon record holder Julien Wanders.
Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Olympic organizing committee, said in a tweet, “For 32 Olympiades, spectators at the Games remained spectators–in the stadiums, listening to the radio, on TV, or on their smartphone. At Paris 2024, we want to go further. It’s been 100 years since the Games were held in this country, and it’s going to be incredible. Most of all, we’re going to let you experience the Games from the inside. It won’t just be 300 of the top athletes in the world running the marathon. You’ll be able to participate.”
Registration for the 2020 half-marathon championships is open now and the first 5,000 entrants will pay less for their registration. There are still over 14,000 spots available, and registration is available here. The race is March 29, 2020.