After 25-year drought, American men celebrate back-to-back victories in PRRO Circuit Race.
WASHINGTON, DC -- For the second year in a row, a naturalized American citizen has won the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Stanley Kebenei, 27, of Oakland, CA, won Sunday's race in a time of 46:36. Twenty-one year-old Hiwot Gebrekidan of Ethiopia took the women's title in 53:37. On a breezy, but otherwise perfect day for running by all of the major Washington, DC landmarks, record times eluded both Kebenei and Gebrekidan in the city's 45th "Runner's Rite of Spring," the second event on the 2016-17 Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) Circuit.
CHARLESTON, SC — Shadrack Kipchirchir won the Cooper River Bridge Run on Saturday in 28:12. Kipchirchir, of Colorado Springs, is an American citizen who was born in Kenya. Second was Kenyan Edwin Rotich of Grand Prairie, TX, in 28:14. Third was Kenyan Dominic Ondoro of Santa Fe, NM, in 28:33. Fourth and fifth went to Ethiopians Tsegaye Getachew (28:40) of Washington, DC, and Birhan Nebebew (28:44) of West Chester, PA.
Kenyans Monicah Ngige (Lansing, MI) and Elvin kibet (Colorado Springs) finished 1-2 in the women competition with Ngige winning in 32:40 and Kibet the runner-up in 32:45. Ethiopians Mamistu Daska (32:47), Etaferahu Temesgen (32:56) and Simegn Yeshanbei (33:48) took 3-5 finishes.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Wade Foster was the overall winner of the Charlottesville Marathon on Saturday, completing the 26.2 miles in 2:48:08. Second was Christopher Rom in 2:57:05. Korey Blodgett was third in 2:59:30.
Winning the female division was Lacey Serletti in 3:24:45. Robin Wrightson was second in 3:28:37, followed by Leah Jennings in 3:34:30.
KNOXVILLE, TN — Dylan Belles of Greensboro, NC, won Sunday’s Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in 2:25:15. Peter Limo of Morristown, NJ, was second in 2:28:37, and Peter Kemboi Chemaoy, also of Morristown, NJ, was third in 2:43:04. Fourth went to Danny Kratzer of Hendersonville, NC, in 2:46:14, while Brad Sweigart of Mechanicsburg, PA, was fifth in 2:47:42.
Gina Rouse repeated as the women’s champion in 2:52:06. Lynn Baione of Sevierville was second in 3:10:01, followed by Eden Slater of Knoxville in 3:16:08. Fourth went to Tammy Slusser of Monroeville, PA, in 3:16:59. She was followed by Courtney Madson of Knoxville in 3:21:01.
BIG FORK, AR — Justin Walker of Tulsa, OK, was the winner of the Athens-Big Fork Trail Marathon on Saturday, April 1, at Quachitea National Forest, finishing the rugged course in 4:50:50. Marc Gill and Chris Ho, both of North Little Rock, were second and third. Aaron Dickens of Van Buren was fourth in 5:21:56 and John Haddock of Springdale was fifth in 5:25:50.
Novales, Knast victors in men’s, women’s marathon race.
RALEIGH, NC — The city of Raleigh, North Carolina put out the red carpet for thousands of runners at Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon with featured charity ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The annual race routes participants through the most scenic parts of North Carolina’s “City of Oaks.”
Nicole Esplin of West End, North Carolina prevailed in the 13.1-mile half marathon, blazing an average of six minutes and sixteen seconds per mile to finish first in 1:21:55.
HATTIESBURG, MISS. – More than 700 individuals, along with clinic employees and members of the community, participated in Hattiesburg Clinic’s 6th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K, held Saturday at the clinic’s main campus.
Nearly 26,000 participated in the 10K.
RICHMOND, VA -- Ryan Hagen, 25, a Waynesboro, VA, native and former Virginia Tech track and field standout, won the Ukrop's Monument 10K Saturday in 30:37, edging Nick Ciolkowski, who finished in 30:40. Hagen, an indoor track All-American while at Virginia Tech, was runner-up in the 2016 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy at Mary Baldwin University.
EMERALD ISLE, NC — Heidi Tucker, 39, of Morehead City was overall winner of the Emerald Isle Marathon on March 25 in 3:06:17. Second place, and first male, was Brandon Harris, 30, of Denton, in 3:07:33.
Second and third male finishers were Olav Rueppel, 46, of Greensboro in 3:08:22 and Mitch Gay, 36, of Morehead City in 3:16:27.