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Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Records Fastest Marathon Times in More than a Decade
Event boasts high participant and spectator numbers during warm sunny event

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

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Posted Monday, 20 May, 2013

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 edition event included 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 hours, 17 minutes, 37 seconds. 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 2:19:41.

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, 36, finished second with a time of 2:36:03. 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 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.

36th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
May 19, 2013; Cleveland, OH

1) Philemon Terer KEN 27 2:17:36 $6000*
2) Tesfaye Dube ETH 29 2:18:09 $1500
3) Geofrey Kiprotich KEN 34 2:19:40 $1000
4) Getachew Melesse 22 2:20:46 $750
5) Brandon Bauer New Albany, OH 26 2:28:44
6) Paul Odipo Cincinnati, OH 38 2:41:02
7) Dominic Smith Washington, DC 23 2:42:51
8) Kevin Stack Brook Park, OH 24 2:43:06
9) Steve Hammel Arlington, VA 32 2:46:27
10) Kevin Rowles North Royalton, OH 35 2:48:28
*Includes $3000 bonus for sub 2:20 performance

1) Sarah Kiptoo KEN 23 2:33:41.58 $6000*
2) Mary Akor Gardena, CA 36 Gardena, CA 2:36:02.90 $1500
3) Joanna Johnson Oberlin, OH 24 2:48:42 $1000
4) Trisha Drobeck Missoula, MT 32 2:51:11 $750
5) Cortney Staruch Hinckley, OH 23 2:57:44
6) Alana Hadley Charlotte, NC 16 2:58:22
7) Beth Woodward Orrville, OH 37 3:02:59
8) Sage Norton Frederick, MD 33 3:05:56
9) Abbie Selhorst Ottawa, OH 23 3:07:33
10) Barbara Lorson Orrville, OH 31 3:12:04
*Includes $3000 bonus for sub 2:40 performance

10K - MEN
1) Najim El-Qady MOR 32 28:45.12 $2000
2) Shadrack Kiyai KEN 29 29:30.65 $1000
3) Cole Atkins Brown Mountain Beach, NC 27 29:52.83 $500
4) Aiman Sullivan Kent, OH 26 30:10.22 $400
5) Craig Leon Eugene, OR 28 30:26.31 $250
6) Makorobono Salukombo Cleveland, OH 24 30:32.93
7) Jason Ordway Dayton, OH 25 30:41.63
8) Dustin Hall Wheeling, WV 24 31:05.33
9) Martin Coolidge Elyria, OH 21 31:06.70
10) Emmanuel Bor KEN 25 31:25.88

1) Risper Gesabwa KEN 24 33:21.03 $2000
2) Everlyne Lagat KEN 32 33:41.28 $1000
3) Millicent Kuria KEN 27 33:47.23 $500
4) Alice Kimutai KEN 20 34:00.30 $400
5) Jessica Odovcic Madison, OH 31 34:17.90 $250
6) Sarah Crouch Aho, NC 106 23 34:22.02
7) Etaferahu Wodaj Silver Spring, MD 23 34:25.54
8) Nicole Camp Cleveland, OH 27 34:37.86
9) Claire Hallissey GBR 30 34:53.55
10) Marry Watke New Bremen, OH 42 35:21.53

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



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