About Kettlebell Marathon

Kettlebell marathon events are run by the International Kettlebell Marathon Federation (IKMF) and they are very popular within the Scandinavian countries.

There are either half marathon events which are 30 minutes or full marathon which is 60 minutes. There is also an option for children to compete with 15 minute events. These are all multi-switch with the one caveat being that you have to complete the full time otherwise your score will be zero.

 

Lifts available

There are 4 single kettlebell lifts to choose from within full and half marathons events, these are:
• Jerk
• Long Cycle
• Snatch
• Half Snatch

There are 3 double kettlebell half marathons events, these are:
• Jerk
• Long Cycle
• Half Snatch

 

Kettlebell Weights

Amateur men are required to lift 16 kg for the hour or 24 Kg for the half hour.
Amateur women are required to lift 12 kg for the hour or 16 kg for the half hour.

Elite men are required to lift 24 kg for the hour or 32 kg for the half hour.
Elite women are required to lift 16 kg for the hour or 20 kg for the half hour.

To lift as an elite athlete you need to achieve a minimum of CMS rank level. Please check the IKMF Ranking tables to establish your CMS requirements.

 

Body weight categories

For men
• Under 75 kg
• 75-85kg
• 85 kg and over

For women

• Under 60 kg
• 60-70kg
• 70 kg and over.

 

Age categories

For both men and women, there are adult and veteran categories. Please check the ranking tables for more details.

 

Ultimate Girevik Cup

You are also able to compete within a league system called The Ultimate Girevik League. This was developed by Kim Henning and is run by the IKMF annually. There are 3 rounds each year and you can compete in any of the 4 lifts, all of them if you are feeling brave enough. These are sometimes carried out at dedicated UGC events or if these aren’t available in your area, a video submission to your countries representative is acceptable.
For more details, please click here

 

Competitions

The IKMF hold European and World Championships annually as well as National competitions which are organised and hosted by that particular countries representative.

 

 

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