Man from Kenya sprints ahead of 2011 champion in Richmond Marathon

Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-15 01:40:34-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The Anthem Richmond Marathon took place Saturday. Here’s the complete wrap up from our friends at Sports Backers.

Hilary Too, 36, of Kenya, won the 2015 Anthem Richmond Marathon in a time of 2:18:48, finishing ahead of 2011 champion and course-record holder Kennedy Kemei, also of Kenya, who came in with a time of 2:19:01. Hirut Guangul, a 23-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the line, clocking in at 2:42:13.

In the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Rachel Ward set a new women’s race record to take first place. The 26-year-old Charlottesville resident ran a 1:12:23, topping the previous record of 1:12:47 set in 2013 by Pauline Muchiri. Valentine Kibet, 25, of Kenya, came in second with a time of 1:14:21. In the men’s race, Girma Gebre edged out fellow Ethiopian Habtamu Arga Wegi to claim first place. Gebre finished with a time of 1:03:34, while Wegi, the 2014 winner, came in at 1:03:38.

22-year-old Luis Vargas of Mexico won the HCA Virginia 8k with a time of 22:38, while in the women’s race, Susan Jerotich, 28, of Kenya captured first place with a time of 25:43.

In addition to the thousands of participants in the three races, tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets leading to the spectacular riverfront finish. There were over 30 bands and musical performers lining the courses as well as eight official cheering stations and four Party Zones.

The top three local runners, male and female, were also awarded prize money in the 5th annual Richmond Region Marathon Championship. Richard Morris was the first male Richmonder to cross the finish line with a time of 2:26:39, and Leah Schubel was the first female, with a time of 3:06:48.

The 2016 Anthem Richmond Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.12.

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