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Close Finish Highlights Midnight Flight 10K

Date: 
08/29/2017 - 14:09

mf.jpgANDERSON, SC – The 40th annual running of The People’s Bank Midnight Flight road races was held on August 25 at the Anderson Area YMCA. The popular nighttime event featured a three-race lineup with a one-mile race beginning the evening, followed by a 5K, and finishing with a 10K. Many runners chose to run in more than one race, including several race category winners. The 10K race was the official start of the Running Journal Grand Prix, now in its 40th season.

A trio of Kenyan runners, all living in Chapel Hill, NC, dominated the 10K and 5K races, posting fast times in both. Cyrus Korir, 24, Geofry Ngetich, 32, and Panuel Mkungo, 23, swept the top 3 places in both races. It was a close battle in the 10K with only 3 seconds separating the top three. Korir led the way in 30:28, besting Ngetich by two seconds, with Mkungo another second back for third place. In the earlier 5K, the three were equally impressive with Mkungo leading the way in 14:25, followed four seconds back by Ngetich. Korir took third place in 14:40.

On the women’s side, Kenyan Eglay Nalyanya, 21, also of Chapel Hill, NC, took wins in both the 10K and 5K, finishing in 35:18 in the 10K and 16:32 in the 5K. Nicole Dimercurio, 26, of Blowing Rock, NC, was second in the 10K in 36:14, while Purity Munene, 30, of Columbia took third in 37:47. Munene finished in second place in the 5K, running 17:43.

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More coverage of the Midnight Flight road races will be included in the October issue of Running Journal.

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