Fast Times, Big Turnout at Cooper River Bridge 10K
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.
Southern male runners did well, however, in the masters competition as Eric Ashton of Columbia, SC, was second male in 33:26, and Karl Walsh of Mt. Pleasant was third in 34:08.
An outstanding performance by Gary Bolduc of Ridgeville, SC, resulted in a first place finish in the male grandmasters. The 53-year-old finished in 36:02. Additionally, Jeffery Dundas of Conyers, GA, was second in 37:12, and John Piggott of Williamsburg, VA, was third in 37:34.
Sharryn Whitmore of Mt. Pleasant, SC, won the female grandmasters title in 43:24. Ruth Marie Embler of North Charleston was second in 44:12, and Dian Ford of Piedmont, SC, was third in 46:01.
David Bourgeois of Summerville, SC, was the male senior grandmasters winner in 40:37, while Debbie Flynn of Cross, SC, was female senior grandmasters champ in 45:36.
In the Marcus Newberry competition for American citizens, Chris Bailey (33:05) and Mack Johnston (33:48), both of Charleston, finished first and second, while Karl Walsh of Mt. Pleasant was third in 34:08. Going 1-3 in the female competition were Shannon Miller (38:56) of Moncks Corner, and Blair Turnage (40:30) and Grace Herlong (40:31), both of Sullivan’s Island.
It was reported thatd more than 38,000 runners were registered for the event.