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Kenyan Runner Wins Woodrow Wilson Marathon

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Oct 05,2011
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Bekelech Bedada, a New York City resident from Ethiopia, broke away from Kenyan Gladys Asiba and came in first for women.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Bekelech Bedada, a New York City resident from Ethiopia, broke away from
Kenyan Gladys Asiba and came in first for women.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - And the winner is...Moses Kigen Kipkosgei, who flew to America from his homeland of Kenya to win the second annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon presented by WillPower Sport & Wellness.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Jonathan Nearman shares the winning moment with winner Moses Kigen Kipkosgei.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Jonathan Nearman shares the winning moment
with winner Moses Kigen Kipkosgei.

Kipkosgei crossed the finish line in 1:02:37, knocking 2:07 off Derese Deniboba’s event record time from last year. Defending champion Derese Deniboba came in second in 1:02:56.
 
 “The first 3K was a little bit slow,” said Kipkosgei, who was third in the New York City Marathon last year. “But from 5K I decided to just go for time. The course was good – I like the ups and downs.”

Bekelech Bedada, a New York City resident from Ethiopia, broke away from Kenyan Gladys Asiba and came in first, breaking Catherine Ndereba’s event record by 33 seconds in 1:12:44. Asiba placed second in 1:15:58.
 
Both Kipkosgei and Bedada earned $1,000 for the win and $300 for the time bonus.
 
The top seven men all earned time bonuses for sub-1:05 while the top four Americans – Jordan Horn and Danny Mercado of Team USA Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ, Bobby Mack of Raleigh, NC, and Ricky Flynn of Lynchburg, VA – each ran personal bests and earned an additional $1,000 for qualifying for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Houston in January.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Elite runners take a break after running the race.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Elite runners take a break after running the race.

Race organizer, Steve Nearman, said, “We removed the gravel section from the course and drew the runners directly into the Michelob ULTRA Finish Line Festival which made for a much bigger crowd there this year. We also greatly expanded the NIB race from three local athletes last year to 11 athletes from around the nation this year plus we added a VIP Dinner for them at McLoone’s Restaurant. That took a ton of planning and my hat is off to Megan Finck for executing flawlessly all weekend with 11 visually-impaired athletes and their guides.

“What is particularly phenomenal is that in both years, we had no serious injuries and actually hardly any injuries at all. All five of my running doctors were able to finish the race without stopping to assist anybody. My race director Kathy Dalby and I firmly believe that safety is truly our highest priority.”

The second annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon ran from National Harbor, MD. Tom Curcio, Ed Farino and Fausto Vasquez led the elite runners on their bicycles, and noted that the area at the end of the end was a little tricky to navigate, but there were no incidents. Curcio was also a sponsor of the event.

Donations of $2500 each were presented to: Autism Speaks; Alice Ferguson Foundation; Washington Area Women’s Foundation; Back on my Back; and Child & Family Network Centers. RunningBrooke Fund (part of a 5-year commitment) received $1,000, while $4,000 was given to a U.S. elite running camp (to be determined).

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Race organizer Steve Nearman anxiously awaits results.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Race organizer Steve Nearman anxiously
awaits results.

Just seven hours before the start of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, 15 U.S. servicemen completed the WWBH Shadow Race at four Iraqi locations- Baghdad, Ramadi, Fallujah, and East Baghdad. The races were organized by Major Shannon Way, who ran the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon last year prior to being deployed to Iraq.
 
“Sometime during the night, 15 runners crossed a self-monitored finish line,” Major Way reported. “Runners in Baghdad calling out to other runners who had GPS's to find out if they had completed the run. They congratulated each other and then shared a moment for photos with their latest addition to their race trophies -the Wilson Bridge Half finishers’ medal.”
 
A tentative date of October 7, 2012 has been already approved by National Harbor and Maryland National Park and Planning. They are waiting on approval from City of Alexandria and National Park Service.

Other Race Information:

Michelle Miller of Damascus, Md., was top American woman in 1:19:43. Amy McDonaugh from Irmo, SC, a 34-year-old visually-impaired athlete who earlier in the year won the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, led 11 athletes in the NIB Visually-Impaired National Half Marathon Championship in 1:24:00. Defending champion Matthew Rodjom of Alexandria, VA, was next in 1:24:23.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President Tina Leone chats with Old Town attorney Tom Curcio.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President
Tina Leone chats with Old Town attorney
Tom Curcio.

Laura Greeson of Alexandria, VA, and Patrick Kuhlmann of Arlington, VA, took the masters honors in 1:14:14 and 1:30:33, respectively.
 
Ultramarathoner Michael Wardian of Arlington and Kara Christenson of Alexandria were winners of the Potomac Valley Association /USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship, earning $300 apiece. Alex Hetherington of Vienna and Joann Johnson of Herndon were top PVA masters.

Top Male Finishers
1.      Moses Kigen Kipkosgei, KENYA, 1:02:37 (breaks course record of 1:04:44 set by Derese Deniboba in 2010), $1,300;
2.      Derese Deniboba, ETHIOPIA, 1:02:56, $800;
3.      Jordan Horn, Flagstaff, AZ, 1:03:53, $2,350;
4.      Abiyot Endale, ETHIOPIA, 1:04:01, $500;
5.      Danny Mercado, Flagstaff, AZ, 1:04:03, $1,900;
6.      Bobby Mack, Raleigh, NC, 1:04:13, $1,600;
7.      Ricky Flynn, Lynchburg, VA, 1:04:15, $1,500;
8.      Michael Wardian, Arlington, VA, 1:09:16, $300;
9.      Seife Geletu, Washington, DC, 1:10:08;
10.  David Burnham, Arlington, VA, 1:10:51.
Top Masters
1.      Patrick Kuhlmann, Arlington, VA, 1:14:14, $200;
2.      Alex Hetherington, Vienna, VA, 1:17:11, $150;
3.      Paul Willis, Bronx, NY, 1:19:16, $100.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Tom Curcio, Ed Farino and Fausto Vasquez led the elite runners on their bicycles.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Tom Curcio, Ed Farino and Fausto Vasquez led
the elite runners on their bicycles.

Top PVA
1.      Wardian, $300;
2.      Hetherington, $200;
3.      Lavar Curley, Washington, DC, $100.
Top PVA Masters
1.      Hetherington, $250;
2.      Robert Britain, Wayzata, MN, $150;
3.      Jack Beach, Nottingham, MD, $100.
Top Female Finishers
1.      Bekelech Bedada, ETHIOPIA, 1:12:44, $1,300 (breaks course record of 1:13:17 set by Catherine Ndereba in 2010);
2.      Gladys Asiba, KENYA, 1:15:57, $500;
3.      Michelle Miller, Damascus, MD, 1:19:43, $1,050;
4.      Mekides Bekele, ETHIOPIA, 1:20:04, $200;
5.      Amy McDonaugh, Irmo, SC, 1:24:01, $600;
6.      Lisa Cron, Herndon, VA, 1:24:03, $300;
7.      Michelle Harburg, Washington, DC, 1:26:55, $200;
8.      Lauren Woodall, Washington, DC, 1:29:37, $100;
9.      Laura Greeson, Alexandria, VA, 1:30:33, $200;
10.  Sarah Brown, Arlington, VA, 1:30:45.
Top Female Masters
1.      Greeson, $200;
2.      Susan Graham Gray, Greencastle, PA, 1:33:47, $150;
3.      Gillian Walker, Springfield, VA, 1:35:17, $100.
Top PVA
1.      Kara Christenson, Alexandria, VA, 1:46:42, $300;
2.      Valerie Bambha, Alexandria, VA, 1:55:01, $200;
3.      Jessica Orozco, Arlington, VA, 1:55:29, $100.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Kennedy Clifton and Jonathan Nearman help distribute medals.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Kennedy Clifton and Jonathan Nearman help
distribute medals.

Top PVA Masters
1.      Joann Johnson, Herndon, VA, 2:06:54, $250.
NIB Visually-Impaired National Half Marathon Championships
1.      Amy McDonaugh, Irmo, SC, 1:24:01;
2.      Matthew Rodjom, Alexandria, VA, 1:24:23;
3.      Susan Graham Gray, Greencastle, PA, 1:33:47;
4.      David Kosub, Washington, DC, 1:34:37;
5.      John Morgan, Adelphi, MD, 1:43:16;
6.      Joseph Aukward, Bethesda, MD, 1:45:33;
7.      Thomas Panek, McLean, VA, 1:52:14;
8.      Rodan Hollins, Washington, DC, 2:10:07;
9.      Tim Paul, Chicago, IL, 2:21:34;
10.  Cassandra Dozier, Chicago, IL, 2:29:54;
11.  Doug Powell, Falls Church, VA, 2:33:01.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Mark Davis from Pacers announces the winners.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Mark Davis from Pacers announces the winners.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Tom Curcio congratulates winner Moses Kigen Kipkosgei.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Tom Curcio congratulates winner Moses
Kigen Kipkosgei.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Local sponsors helped bring in thousands of dollars.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Local sponsors helped bring in thousands
of dollars.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />The Darby Brothers perform during the festivities after the race.
Photo by Gale Curcio
The Darby Brothers perform during the festivities
after the race.




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