Terer Sets Men’s Record at QCM; Gunagul Repeats as Women’s Winner

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MOLINE, IL - Kiplangat Terer (Kenya) set a new course record en route to his win Sunday at the Quad Cities Marathon, presented by THE National Bank. Terer notched a 2:14:04, well below the old standard of 2:16:29. Hirut Guangul (Ethiopia) was the women's winner, for the second straight year, covering the course in 2:38:50. The race was run with light wind, temperatures in the 50's, under a sunny sky.

In the men's race, six runners comprised the early lead pack. Terer and Robert Wambua (Kenya) then led through the half-marathon point in 1:06:32. By the 14th mile Terer began to pull away. He put the exclamation point on the surge with an impressive 4:56 19th mile. His final 10k was run in 32:39. Terer averaged 5:07 pace per mile for the entire race.

Julius Choge (Kenya) finished second overall in 2:18:57. Choge was running 7th in the first half of the race, but steadily improved to collect the runner-up prize. Tariku Bokan (Ethiopia) passed two runners in the final 10k to place third overall in 2:19:46. Wambua's fast start took a toll on him down the stretch as he placced fourth in 2:20:37. Benjamin Metto (Kenya) rounded out the top-five at 2:23:47.

In the women's race, Guangul and Tezata Dengersa (Ethiopia) ran together for much of the first half of the race. Guangul hit the mid-way point in 1:19:45, just nine seconds in front of Dengersa. By mile 20, Guangul had stretched the lead to 1:16, before finishing in 2:38:50. The time was the 4th best in the history of the women's open division. Guangul owns the women's record of 2:35:07 (2012). Guangul also became only the second two-time winner in women's history, the other was Alena Vinitskaya (2002-2003). Dengersa collected the runner-up spot with a final time of 2:41:35.

Faith Stephan (Colorado Springs, CO) finished third overall, after running fifth for the first half of the race. Stephan crossed the line in 2:50:26. Muliye Gurmu (Ethiopia) ran 2:59:18 and Keneni Chala Orgesa (Ethiopia) closed off the top five in 2:59:31.

In the master's men, John Piggott (Williamsburg, VA) became the fourth two-time winner in that division. Piggott successfully defended his title in 2:42:37. John Ekulan (Kenya) was second in 2:53:59 and Gerald Holtmeyer (Bonnots Mill, MO) was third in 2:54:04.

In the master's women, Bonnie Ritchotte (Littleton, NH) ran a solid final 10k to break open her lead en route to a winning time of 3:10:07. Jennifer Smith (Novi, MI) ran 3:16:07 for second place. Nadine Antonini (Palos Heights, IL) rounded out the top-3 in 3:19:36.

The top local finisher honors, in the marathon, went to Jake Alexander (Davenport, IA) in 2:59:06 and Jane Wheeler (Bettendorf, IA) in 3:20:06.

 

BIWOTT, VERSWEYVELD WIN RUHL & RUHL HALF MARATHON TITLES

Boniface Biwott (Kenya) and Lauren Versweyveld (Janesville, WI) won titles in the 2013 Ruhl & Ruhl Half Marathon. Biwott surged out to a 30:33 opening 10k en route to a 1:05:30 finish, just off the course record of 1:05:03. Versweyveld opened with a 37:39 10k, before finishing in 1:20:45.

Dan Kremske (Woodstock, IL) was race runner-up for the second straight year. Kremske finished just nine seconds back in 1:05:39. He opened with a 31:08 10k. Elly Sang (Kenya) placed third overall in 1:07:05.

Jackie Stiles (Springfield, MO) placed second in the women's race at 1:23:14, while Julie Ralston (Dwight, IL) was third in 1:23:52.

The top local finisher honors, in the half marathon, went to Charlie Paul (Le Claire, IA) in 1:09:49 and Christine Eden (Moline, IL) in 1:33:30.

 


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Top 10 Overall Finishers:
(all results at online race results:  click here)

MARATHON

Male Participants
1.  Kiplangat Terer 2:14:04 (course record)
2.  Julius Choge 2:18:57
3.  Tariku Bokan 2:19:46
4.  Robert Wambua 2:20:37
5.  Benjamin Metto 2:23:47
6.  Abraham Rutto 2:28:18
7.  Eric Stephan 2:40:16
8.  Scot Mullins 2:41:11
9.  John Piggott 2:42:37
10.  John Rohde 2:52:02

Female Participants
1.  Hirut Guangul 2:38:50
2.  Tezata Dengersa 2:41:35
3.  Faith Stephan 2:50:26
4.  Muliye Gurmu 2:59:18
5.  Keneni Chala Orgesa 2:59:31
6.  Bonnie Ritchotte 3:10:07
7.  Jennifer Smith 3:16:07
8.  Nadine Antonini 3:19:36
9.  Jane Wheeler 3:20:06
10.  Jenny Lauritsen 3:20:12

HALF MARATHON

Male Participants
1.  Boniface Biwott 1:05:30
2.  Dan Kremske 1:05:39
3.  Elly Sang 1:07:05
4.  Matt Barrett 1:08:23
5.  Edwin Some 1:09:28
6.  Charlie Paul 1:09:49
7.  Richard Kandie 1:11:58
8.  Arturs Bareikis 1:12:42
9.  Festus Kigen 1:12:43
10.  Tristan Coughlin 1:13:08

Female Participants
1.  Lauren Versweyveld 1:20:41
2.  Jackie Stiles 1:23:14
3.  Julie Ralston 1:23:52
4.  Kristy Harken 1:24:24
5.  Christine Eden 1:33:30
6.  Jessica Rastetter 1:33:42
7.  Megan Boecher 1:34:04
8.  Brooke Ashcraft 1:34:36
9.  Krista Johnson 1:35:04
10.  Hannah Hottle 1:36:24

5k

Male Participants
1.  Tommy Harris 16:23
2.  Jay Whitmore 16:51
3.  David Bailey 17:04
4.  Jerry Lack 17:12
5.  Damon Bautista 17:21
6.  Neil Weerakoon 17:22
7.  Vincent Tagare 17:53
8.  Grant Acoymo 18:32
9.  Roland Hopkins 18:37
10.  Craig Labath 18:39

Female Participants
1.  Shelbie Pettie 18:45
2.  Marisa Lindsay 18:46
3.  Maddie Case 19:32
4.  Chelsee Lisk 20:24
5.  Cathy Lack 21:12
6.  Jill Rubel 21:56
7.  Emily Rowlands 21:57
8.  April Norman 22:15
9.  Caitlin Gorge 22:16
10.  Kiersty Corzatt 22:33