2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships

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2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships

on 01 May 2017.

Columbus  April 29 - For the second year in a row Columbus held the USATF Half Marathon Championships. One hundred and twenty-five elite athletes took of for the race as another 14,000 athletes waited to  participate in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or 5km.

A pack of six men ran together through the first two thirds of the race and four runners were still together at the twelve mile mark before Colorado Springs training partners Leonard Korir and Sam Chelanga pulled away to hit the finish line together in 1:03:04 with Korir getting the win and the top prize money.  Defending champion Charlotte, North Carolina's Christopher Landry (1:13:13) finished a close third while Flagstaff, Arizona's Kiya Dandena (1:03:19) was fourth.  New Haven, Connecticut's Timothy Richie (1:03:29),  Flagstaff's Aaron Braun (1:03:44), Boston's Jon Grey (1:04:10), Jackson, Michigan's Nathan Martin (1:04:59), Fredericksburg, Virginia's Tim Young (1:05:08) and Flagstaff's Ahmed Osman (1:05:10) rounded out the top ten.

Littleton, Colorado's Natosha Rogers and Boston's Neely Spence ran most of the race together before Rogers pulled away in the final two miles to win in 1:10:45 with Spence just nine seconds back.  Santa Fe, New Mexico's Aliphine Tuliamuk (1:11:42) took home the bronze.  Stafford, Virginia's Bethany Sachtleben (1:13:28) finished fourth.  A pair of Flagstaff runners captured the next two places, Belainesh  Gebre (1:13:40) and Stephanie Bruce (1:14:14). Boulder, Colorado's Mara Olson (1:14:28), Portland, Oregon's Tara Welling (1:14:42), Raleigh, North Carolina's Sara Rapp (1:14:51) and El Dorado Hills, California's Lauren Jimison Totten (1:15:11) rounded out the top ten.

Columbus' Evan Schwartz (1:08:00) finished eighteenth and  Portsmouth's Sarah Biehl (1:17:57) finished twentieth to lead the Ohio runners across the finish line. Dayton's Matt Lemon (1:09:55) and Dublin's Sakiko Minagawa (1:18:54) were the second Ohio athletes to finish.  Twinsburg's Bobby Moldovan (1:10:31) and Painesville's Kelsi Nutter (1:19:46) took home Ohio bronze.

Over $80,000 was awarded to the top twenty men and women.

All of the elite runners finished before a severe weather forced race organizers to call off the Capital City Half Marathon race with runner still on the course.

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