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5.19.13 - Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Records Fastest Marathon Times in More than a Decade

Event boasts high participant and spectator numbers during warm sunny day

CLEVELAND (May 19, 2013) - The 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon weekend opened with a sun-splashed Saturday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium and ended Sunday with a pair of blazing fast times in the men's and women's marathons. The 36th annual event includes a 10K, half marathon and full marathon on Sunday and a 5K and Kids' Run events on Saturday.

"We're very pleased with the great times we saw from the runners today," said Executive Race Director Jack Staph. "We are excited to see that our numbers are continuing to climb in terms of participants and spectators and we're proud of the fact the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon continues to attract so many elite runners from the United States and around the world to our city."

The 5K on Saturday drew 1,300 runners who were able to finish on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium. In addition, almost 1,000 children 12 and under participated in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Nose Children's Run on the home field of the Cleveland Browns.

"This race showcases the best Cleveland has to offer the thousands of people who come out on Sunday to run, walk or cheer," said Staph. "They're in a great city, running a flat, fast course, and it seems more and more people are enjoying their own 'Cleveland Experience' each and every year."

Philemon Terer, a 27-year-old runner from Kenya, was the first to cross the marathon finish line with a time of 2:17:37. Terer began pulling away from the other runners a little more than a mile from the finish line, though he spent most of the race alongside Tesfaye Dube.

Dube, of Ethiopia, came in second with a time of 2:18:10, followed by 34-year-old Geofrey Kiprotich, also from Kenya, at 2:24:07.

Among the women, Sarah Kiptoo, 23, of Kenya took first with a time of 2:33:42. The women's marathon winner from 2012, Mary Akor, 32, finished second with a time of 2:36:04. She was followed by Joanna Johnson, 24, of Oberlin, Ohio who finished in 2:48:43. Alana Hadley, the 16-year-old star runner from Charlotte, N.C., finished in 2:58:23 in her marathon debut.

Marathon winners Terer and Kiptoo are from the same hometown in Kenya. Each won $3,000 and collected an additional $3,000 bonus for finishing under 2:20:00 and 2:40:00, respectively.

Leo Kormanik II, 30, of Lodi, Ohio finished first in the men's half marathon, finishing in 1:10:06. Another Ohioan, Justin Baum of Magnolia, took second with a time of 1:13:47, followed by 26-year-old Eric Martin of Parkersburg, West Va. who finished in 1:15:51.

Tamara Marquardt, a 25-year-old runner from Shaker Heights, Ohio led the women's half marathon with a time of 1:22:54. Marquardt was followed by fellow Ohioan Katy Reynolds, 32, of Apple Creek, who crossed in 1:23:45. Ro Morgan, Peninsula, finished third with a time of 1:25:48.

Common with the 10K race, elite international runners dominated the top spots for the men's and women's events. Moroccan runner Najim El-Qady and Kenyan Risper Gesabwa won the men's and women's races, respectively, and each took home a $2,000 purse.

El-Qady, 32, finished in 28:46. He was followed by Keynan Shadrack Kiyai, 29, who finished in 29:31 and Cole Atkins, 27, from North Carolina, who finished in 29:53.

Gesabwa, 24, won the women's 10K with a time of 33:22. 10K winner from 2011 and 2012, Everlyne Lagat, of Kenya, placed second with a time of 33:42. She was followed by 27-year-old Millicent Kuria of Kenya who finished in 33:48.

Sunday's events also included The We Run This City Program, which had 750 school-aged participants from Cleveland Municipal School District. Many of the kids ran the final 1.2 miles of their 26.2 mile training throughout the spring, however an additional 170 students ran the 10K and 30 took on the half marathon.

Twenty-three-year-old Davis Filippell of Shaker Heights, Ohio claimed Saturday's 5K in 16:20. In the women's race, Erin Abdalian, 19, from St. Louis, won with a time of 20:43.

Under clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s, the weekend saw participation in the 36th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon events reach a record high of 20,134 runners. The total represents an increase of more than 305 percent since Rite Aid became the title sponsor in 2003, when 5,200 participants took to the streets of Cleveland. The half marathon sold out for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in the marathon's 36-year history.

The 2013 race featured 16 neighborhood parties, and numerous music stations and bands along the course. The finish line area, which featured live music, a beer garden and sponsor and charity booths, was overflowing with family and friends of runners enjoying the sights of the North Coast Harbor with the finish line situated just between the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Funds were raised for One Fund Boston throughout the weekend via donations of any amount in exchange for blue "Boston Strong"wristbands. One hundred percent of donations will be sent to the fund.

Official race results of all finishing runners are available on the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon website at www.clevelandmarathon.com by clicking on the 2013 Race Results Button. Registration opens today for the 2014 race, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014.

About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is in its 36th year of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. More than 350,000 runners have participated, generating more than $18 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.

Mission Statement:

  • To provide a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities.
  • To produce an event that highlights the Cleveland community and provides a positive economic impact for the community.
  • To give charities an opportunity to benefit financially from the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events.

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