Tsegaye Getachew and Birukayit Degefa, both from Ethiopia, won the 2016 Philadelphia Half Marathon men and women’s titles, respectively.

By Kelly O’Shea (The Inquirer) |

Tsegaye Getachew, 19, of Ethiopia, won the 2016 Philadelphia Half Marathon, which kicked off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Getachew, who lives and trains in Washington, outpaced the rest of the field with a time of 1:03:54. He will also be racing in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, his first time taking on the 26.2-mile distance race.

Birukayit Degefa, 26, also of Ethiopia, led the female runners across the finish line with a time of 1:11:42. Last year, Degefa, who lives and trains in Albuquerque, N.M., placed second of the women racers in the 2015 Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Mayor Kenney was at Saturday’s finish line.

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Coming in second in the men’s Half Marathon results was Eliud Ngetich, 23, of Santa Fe, N.M., with a time of 1:03:56; followed by Panuel Mkungo, 22, of Elkton, Md., in third at 1:04:18; Musa Ido, 27, of Potomac, Md., in fourth at 1:05:35; and Stephen Kersh, 25, of Flagstaff, Ariz., in fifth at 1:06:11.

Racing in second in the women’s Half Marathon results was Sinke Biyadgilign, 22, of Washington, with a time of 1:13:04; Susan Jerotich, 29, of Chapel Hill, N.C., came in third at 1:13:52; Grace Kahura, 23, of Katonah, N.Y., was fourth at 1:14:12; and Marci Klimek, 29, of Cambridge, Mass., was fifth at 1:15:21.

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