Kenyan, Ethiopian win MetroPCS Dallas Marathon;
locals dominate men's half

start of dallas marathonKenyan Kimutai Cheruiyot broke away from four other runners entering the final 10K to win the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon on an overcast, breezy and sometimes wet Sunday morning. After taking off from downtown and skirting part of White Rock Lake (because of construction, the course was changed this year and the runners didn't circle the lake as usual), Kimutai, 29, fought a headwind heading back into town and won with a 2:17.11, much slower than his 2:11:30 personal best. (Photo shows start of the event that included about 20,000 participants. See more random photos. Photos supplied by the marathon.)

Taking the female race was Shitaye Gemechu of Ethiopia, who took control before 20 miles and finished with a 2:46:46. She has represented Ethiopia several times in the World Championships. Shitaye was banned for two years in 2009 after failing a test for EPO at a race in Luxembourg. After returning to competition in 2011, two of her best finishes were second at the Hong Kong Marathon. and at the Lanzhou Marathon in 2013.


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Both winners earned $5,000 and Kimutai won an extra $1,500 for beating a select relay team of high school runners, which included 10 boys and six girls. The high school team ran a collective time of 2:25:58.

The temperature was 61 degrees at the start and climbed slightly as the humidity and breezes increased throughout the morning.

A couple of area runners took control of the male half marathon race with Logan Sherman coming from behind to beat Colby Lowe. Logan, a chiropractor in Dallas and winner of many area races, finished in 1:08:20.4. He said he was shooting to dip under 1:07, but the effort still was one of his best of the year. He had won the Michelob Ultra Half in October with a 1:10:24 and the Stonebridge Half in February with a 1:11:27.

Colby had jumped in front from the start and increased his lead that he left everyone else far into his rear view mirror (if he had had one). Though Colby's big lead was a surprise to the TV announcers, he is not an unknown. The Oklahoma State All American from Southlake won the Texas Half in February with a 1:05.42 and was nipped by two seconds in the Rock & Roll Dallas Half Marathon when he finished with a 1:06:04. Julius Kiptoo won the race. In Dallas, he finished third with a 1:09:50.3. Tanner Fruit of Colorado Springs was second with a 1:08:27.6.

Logan said he stayed focus despite Colby's big lead and tucked behind a pack of runners to protect himself from the breezy (up to at least 15 mph) south wind before reeling in Colby.

Sara Hall, who was paced by her husband Ryan, finished with a personal best 1:12:25, beating her previous best by about 29 seconds. Sara, winning her fourth half in fourth months, in was a seven-time All American while at Stanford and is a three-time Olympics Trials finalist. Ryan, a two-time Olympic marathoner and owner of the fastest marathon by an American (2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon), was the lead leg in the Behringer Relay as he paced Sara, who had recuperated after sidelined by a burst appendix in August when she had been training to compete in her first marathon.

Also in the half, Olympic medalist Deena Kastor paced 18-year-old Nick Figuroa in his second half marathon attempt. He was aiming for a 1:32, but beat that goal with a 1:26:49. Nick, a senior at Pinkston High School, is part of the living Foundation, which promotes exercise, nutrition and wellness.

Caitlin Standifer of Plano was the second female in the half with a 1:24:17.8. Mark Followill play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Mavericks, was the Cotton Patch Last Man Running. He started at the back of the last corral and for every runner he passed, Cotton Patch donated $1. He passed 6,594 runners to finish in 1:46:44. In the Behringer Relay, Hall and Meb Keflezighi teamed with the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers, rspectively, for a friendly competition. Each ran the first leg of the five-person relay. The Rangers team, including staff members and one fan selected by the organization, won with a 3:01:39. The Mavericks team finished with a 3:10:19. A donation will be made to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The overall winner of the relay was Team Luke's with a 2:30:40.

Thousands of runners/walkers participated in the marathon and half marathon, both of which sold out before race day.

Men's Marathon: 1, Kimutai Cheruiyot: Age 29, Kenya, 2:17:11; 2, James Kirwa: Age 30, Kenya, 2:18:11; 3, Stephen Muange: Age 33, Kenya, 2:18:34; 4, Jonathan Kibet: Age 32, Kenya, 2:18:35; 5, Peter Chebet: Age 36, Kenya, 2:30:36. 

Women's Marathon: 1, Shitaye Gemechu: Age 34, Ethiopia, 2:46:46; 2, Jessica Harper: Age 22, Austin, 2:50:23; 3, Liza Galvan: Age 45, New 20; 4, Nicole Studer: Age 32, Dallas; 2:57:24; 5, Jane Kangara: Age 34, Kenya, 3:00:04.

Men's Half: Logan Sherman: Age 27, Dallas, 1:08:20

Women's Half: Sara Hall: Age 32, U.S.,1:12:26

 Behringer Relay: Team Luke’s, 2:30:40

Results

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Eder Northern
for qualifying for the Olympic Trials

Elizabeth Eder Northern of Fort Worth ran a 2:42:03 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 7 to nab a B qualifying time for the Olympic Trials. Congratulations to Elizabeth, who was this website's 2013 Female Runner of the Year. This is her second time to qualify.

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Coach and his 11-year-old student win
at Jogging For Johnson

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Rachel Sutliff and her coach Matt Celone won the overall female and male awards at Saturday's (Dec. 6) Jogging for Johnson 5K in Southlake. Celone developed a passion for running after his weight pushed the 209 mark on the scales and had high blood pressure. Read about his inspiring journey and Rachel in Fiona Green's report.

 

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