MOLINE, IL - Elite runners took advanatge of perfect conditions at the 2018 TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon. Kiplangat Terer (Kenya) hammered the 22nd and 23rd mile to break open the men's race en route to a 2:14:25 win in the 26.2-mile event. The time was just 21-seconds off his course record and was the second fastest finish in the history of the 21-year event. Joan Massah (Kenya) won the women's race by a large margin and finished at 2:43:01. The race was run under sunny skies, with light winds, and temperatures in low to mid 50's F.
Terer was part of an eight person lead group and went through the half marathon in 1:08:03. The pack broke up on Arsenal Island. At 20 miles, Terer and Lazarus Yego (Kenya) were running stride for stride and hit the split at 1:42:03. Just two miles later Terer surged and pulled away from Yego on the Butterworth Parkway section. Terer ran his last 5K in 16:31. Terer averaged 5:08 pace per mile on the day. Yego finished at 2:15:10, the third fastest performance ever at the QCM.
Tadesse Yae Dabi (Ethiopia) finished in 2:16:16. He worked hard to break free from the remnants of the pack to secure third-place. His effort was the fifth-best ever in race history. Girma Bekele Gebre (Ethiopia) was a solid fourth on the day in 2:16:29 (tied/6th best ever at QCM). Hailemariam Kaysay (Ethiopia) rounded out the top-5 prize money winners in 2:18:25.
Three other runners had notable finishes on the day to finish in sixth through eighth place, including: Suleman Abrar Shifa (Ethiopia) in 2:19:57, William Mutai (Kenya) in 2:21:07, and Temesgen Bekele (Ethiopia) in 2:22:43.
Massah improved upon her runner-up finish from the 2017 QCM. Her 2:43:01 placed her 5:52 ahead of this year's second finisher. Massash ran her opening half marathon at 1:19:42. She hit 20 miles at 2:03:18. Her average pace per mile was 6:13 over the course. Bose Gemeda Assefa (Ethiopia) was second this year in 2:48:53. Assefa maintained her second spot through the majority of the race. Valentyna Poltavska (Ukraine) moved up during the second half of the race to claim third overall in 2:49:34 and was first master's finisher. Poltavska is the 2005 QCM open division winner.
Meseret Basa (Ethiopia) ran 2:51:22 for fourth overall. Jessica Moskalewski (Ravenna, MI) rounded out the top-5 overall with her 2:56:27 effort.
In the men's master's division, Orithal Striggles (Columbia, SC) placed first with a solid 2:51:17. Steve Hibbs (Minneapolis, MN) ran 3:03:35 to finish as second in the master's, just ahead of Brian Hurlbut (Naperville, IL) at 3:03:47 for third place.
Poltavska's 2:49:34 won the women's master's division. Bertha Estela Sanchez (Mexico) was second in the master's at 3:25:27, while Kimberly Crawford (Overland Park, KS) placed third at 3:25:34.
The top local honors went to Jake Alexander (Davenport, IA) at 2:46:20 for the men and to Emilie Lawrence (Rock Island, IL) at 3:29:17 for the women.
Terer's 2:14:04, from 2013, will remain the course record for the men. The women's record of 2:35:07 from 2012, by Hirut Guangul (Ethiopia), also remains in place.
Lustgaretn, Charboneau Power Through Mel Foster Half Marathon to Claim Wins
Brett Lustgarten (Carol Stream, IL) used a late surge to power through to victory, in a close men's race, at the 2018 Mel Foster Co. Half Marathon in 1:08:35 (5:14/mile pace). Brittany Charboneau (Denver, CO) led from wire-to-wire in the women's race and finished in 1:16:01 (5:48/mile pace). Charboneau's effort was the second best time in QCM history for the half marathon.
Elisha Kipruto (Kenya) finished just behind Lustgarten in 1:08:37 to place second. Michael Cheptoo (Kenya) rounded out the top-3 winners in 1:09:33.
Kristin Johnson (Chicago, IL) was second overall in the women's race with a solid 1:18:35. Jessica Hodge (North Liberty, IA) placed third overall with a 1:24:55.
The top local honors went to Ben Lloyd (Davenport, IA) in 1:10:52 and to Amy Kintner (Bettendorf, IA) in 1:27:34.
The men's and women's course records remain unchanged: Robert Wambua (Kenya) in 1:05:03, 2012, and Laura Batterink (Evanston, IL) in 1:14:23, 2014.
2018 QC MARATHON OVERALL RESULTS:
1. Kiplangat Terer, Kenya, 2:14:25
2. Lazarus Yego, Kenya, 2:15:10
3. Tadesse Yae Dabi, Ethiopia, 2:16:16
4. Girma Bekele Gebre, Ethiopia, 2:16:29
5. Hailemariam Kahsay, Ethiopia, 2:18:25
1. Joan Massah, Kenya, 2:43:01
2. Bose Gemeda Assefa, Ethiopia, 2:48:53
3. Valentyna Poltavska, Ukraine, 2:49:34
4. Meseret Basa, Ethiopia, 2:51:22
5. Jessica Moskalewski, Ravenna, MI, 2:56:27
MEN'S MASTERS MARATHON
1. Orithal Striggles, Columbia, SC, 2:51:17
2. Steve Hibbs, Minneapolis, MN, 3:03:35
3. Brian Hurlbut, Naperville, IL, 3:03:47
WOMEN'S MASTERS MARATHON
1. Valentyna Poltavska, Ukraine, 2:49:34
2. Bertha Estela Sanchez, Mexico, 3:25:27
3. Kimberly Crawford, Overland Park, KS, 3:25:34
MEN'S TOP MARATHON LOCAL
1. Jake Alexander, Davenport, IA, 2:46:20
WOMEN'S TOP MARATHON LOCAL
1. Emilie Lawrence, Rock Island, IL, 3:29:17
MEN'S HALF MARATHON
1. Brett Lustgarten, Carol Stream, IL, 1:08:35
2. Elisha Kipruto, Kenya, 1:08:37
3. Michael Cheptoo, Kenya, 1:09:33
WOMEN'S HALF MARATHON
1. Brittany Charbonbeau, Denver, CO, 1:16:01
2. Kristin Johnson, Chicago, IL, 1:18:35
3. Jessica Hodge, North Liberty, IA, 1:24:55
MEN'S 1/2 MARATHON TOP LOCAL
1. Ben Lloyd, Davenport, IA, 1:10:52
WOMEN'S 1/2 MARATHON TOP LOCAL
1. Amy Kintner, Bettendorf, IA, 1:27:34
1. Jacob Varble, East Moline, IL, 17:23
2. Jordan Starkey, Muscatine, IA, 17:52
3. Dalton Rice, 18:26
1. Tracy Demerath, Dubuque, IA, 20:14
2. Renee McGinnis, North Liberty, IA, 22:12
3. Jacquelyn Richardson, Milan, IL, 22:33
1. Phil Young, Davenport, IA, 4:41
2. Coree Woltering, Ottawa, IL, 4:48
3. Nathan Kimbrell, Dubuque, IA, 4:52
1. Raven Miller, East Moline, IL, 6:38
2. Nicole Callahan, Moline, IL, 6:44
3. Erica Oram, Davenport, IA, 6:54