Ethiopia’s Techome Asfaha Mekonen, Morocco’s Mourad Marofit and Ethiopia’s Yitayal Atanfu finished first, second and third on the race.

Utica, NY—A 20-year-old from Ethiopia was the first of more than 11,000 runners to cross the 15-kilometer finish line Sunday at Utica’s 39th annual Boilermaker Road Race.

Techome Asfaha Mekonen opened a lead in the final mile and held off the charge of Morocco’s Mourad Marofit and Ethiopia’s Yitayal Atanfu. The second- and third- place finishers began their move on the leader with a tailwind before cresting the final hill on Whitesboro Street but were unable to overtake him.

Marofit finished second, nine seconds behind Asfaha’s winning time of 43.58. Atanfu finished seven seconds behind Marofit. Cynthia Limo of Kenya, a 26-year-old runner, set the women’s pace at 48:50. Veronicah Nyaruai Wanjiru of Kenya ran second in 49:25.

17-year-old Daniel Romanchuk of Urbana, Illinois, won a tightly-contested wheelchair division with his time of 35:09. Two other competitors finished within 30 seconds of the winner and seven racers broke the 40-minute mark.

Locally, Tyler Wright edged Stephen Paddock for the top finish among runners registered from Herkimer County. Wright, an 18-year old West Canada Valley High School graduate from Little Falls now running track and cross-country at Utica College, finished 147th overall with a chip time of 56:16. Paddock, 21, a Central Valley Academy graduate who ran at Mohawk Valley Community College and now attends Clarkson University, finished six spots behind Wright in 56:35.

32-year-old Sam Morse of Camden was the recognized top finisher from Central New York with his time of 47:55 in 26th place.

Herkimer County’s top female finisher was Christine Mulvihill of Cold Brook who ran 862nd overall in 1:08:16.

In all, 11,359 runners and walkers completed the 15-kilometer course circling the city of Utica and finishing near the entrance to the F.X. Matt Brewery.

Source: Times Telegram
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