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.
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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