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Kitwara and Chepkurui Claim Victories at the AJC Peachtree Road Race 2009

Abdirahman Clinches USA 10 km Championship for the Third Year in a Row

 

Atlanta, July 4, 2009 - The elite fields at the AJC Peachtree Road Race did not disappoint as Sammy Kitwara (KEN) and Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) both took home victories at the 40th running of the event with unofficial finish times of 27:22 and 31:31 respectively.  In addition to taking home the top prize at Peachtree, both Kitwara and Chepkurui were eligible for the Professional Road Racing Organization’s (PRRO) championship bonus and will be splitting the $35,000 prize bringing each of their total Peachtree earnings to $32,500.

 

“With unusually cooler temperatures at the start and low humidity, we knew that we would be in for some great races in both the men’s and women’s fields,” stated Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.  “The best of the of the best definitely came out for the 40th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.”

 

Kitwara, who was in the lead for most of the race, ran a personal best today at the 10 km distance.  Kitwara recently claimed a 10,000 m victory at the Kenyan Championships (27:44.46) which was the fastest 10,000 m ever run on Kenyan soil.  When asked about his Peachtree and PRRO championship victory, Kitwara simply stated, “I came here to win.”  The next stop for Kitwara will be the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany this August.

 

On the women’s side, the 2009 event proved to have one of the deepest Peachtree women’s fields in recent history with Kenyans and Ethiopians dominating the top 10.  The lead pack of runners stayed around five deep almost to the finish when Chepkurui edged out second place finisher Meseret Mengsitu of Ethiopia (31:32).  “I wasn’t here last year because I was injured,” commented Chepkurui.  “I’m very delighted about this win.”

 

Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, Arizona was the first American male to cross the finish with a time of 28:11, clinching his third USA Men’s 10 km Championship.  Abdirahman, who has been battling an IT band injury most of the year, stated, “My goal was to win the (USA Men’s 10 km Championship) title and to do the best in the race that I could.” Abdirahman came in seventh overall in the men’s field.

 

In the Masters’ races, Yevgeny Sirotin of the Ukraine beat out Houston resident Sean Wade for the men’s title with a time of 30:57, and three-time Olympian and current US Masters Half Marathon Champion, Colleen De Reuck claimed the women’s title with a time of 34:27.

 

With over 50,000 timed finishers at the 2009 event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is the largest ever timed race in the sport.

 

Open Men

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Country           

1          SAMMY KITWARA                    22                    27:22                KEN                 $15,000            

2          RIDOUANE HARROUFI              27                    28:02                MAR                 $7,500

3          GASHU IBRAHIM JEILAN           19                    28:02                ETH                  $3,000

4          TADESE TOLA*                          21                    28:05                ETH                  $2,500

5          BOAZ CHEBOIYWO                  30                    28:05                KEN                 $2,000

6          TESFAYE BEKELE                   25                    28:08                ETH                  $1,500

7          ABDI ABDIRAHMAN                  32                    28:11                USA                 $1,000

8          ROBERT LETTING                     24                    28:14                KEN                 $800    

9          ANTHONY FAMIGLIETTI            30                     28:15                USA                 $700

10         JAMES CARNEY                       31                     28:19                USA                 $600

11         DANIEL KIPKOECH                   22                     28:38                KEN                 $500

12         IAN BURRELL                           24                     28:42                USA                 $400

13         ERNEST KEBENEI                    24                     28:42                KEN                 $300

14         STEPHEN CHEMLANY              26                     28:43                KEN                 $250

15         PATRICK SMYTH                      22                     28:49                USA                 $200

 

*Protest as a result of possible unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

Open Women

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Country

1          LINETH CHEPKURUI                 21                     31:31                KEN                 $15,000

2          MESERET MENGSITU               19                     31:32                ETH                  $7,500

3          ALICE TIMBILILI                         26                     31:33                KEN                 $3,000

4          ABEBU GELAN                         19                     31:45                ETH                  $2,500

5          AMANE GOBENA                     26                     31:52                ETH                  $2,000

6          IRENE LIMIKA                           29                     32:11                KEN                 $1,500

7          EDNA KIPLAGAT                      29                     32:18                KEN                 $1,000

8          BELIANESH GEBRE                 21                     32:36                ETH                  $800

9          NADIA EJJAFINI                        28                     32:43                BRN                 $700

10         NERIAH ASIBA                         26                     32:51                KEN                 $600

11         HYVON NGETICH                      24                     33:01                KEN                 $500

12         HIRUT MANDEFRO                   23                     33:06                ETH                  $400

13         ILSA PAULSON                         20                     33:09                USA                 $300

14         SALLY MEYERHOFF                25                     33:11                USA                 $250

15         ALLISON GRACE                      26                     33:12                USA                 $200

 

USA Men’s 10 km Championship

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Hometown

1          ABDI ABDIRAHMAN                  32                     28:11                TUCSON, AZ                             $10,000

2          ANTHONY FAMIGLIETTI            30                     28:15                KNOXVILLE, TN                         $6,000 

3          JAMES CARNEY                       31                     28:19                BOULDER, CO                          $4,000

4          IAN BURRELL                           25                     28:42                FLAGSTAFF, AZ                       $3,000 

5          PATRICK SMYTH                      23                     28:49                SALT LAKE CITY, UT                 $1,500

6          ED M MORAN                           28                     28:50                WILLIAMSBURG, VA                 $1,000

7          ANDREW CARLSON                 27                     28:53                FLAGSTAFF, AZ                       $900

8          FOREST BRADEN                     26                     29:04                SPOKANE, WA                         $800

9          JASON HARTMANN                  28                     29:04                BOULDER, CO                          $700

10         STEPHEN FURST                     23                     29:05                RALEIGH, NC                            $600

11         ANTONIO VEGA                        25                     29:05                SAINT PAUL, MN                      $500

12         JUSTIN YOUNG                         29                     29:08                SUPERIOR, CO                         $400

13         GIRMA MECHESO **                 21                     29:27                ATLANTA, GA  

14         JEREMY R CRISCIONE**           22                     29:29                GAINESVILLE, FL

15         JOSH MOEN                             27                     29:30                ST LOUIS PK, MN                     $300

16         TOMMY NEAL                           26                     29:33                COLORADO SPRINGS, CO        $200

17         EDWARDO TORRES                 28                     29:39                BOULDER, CO                          $100

 

**Ineligible due to NCAA eligibility.

 

Top 3 American Women

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Hometown                              

1          ILSA PAULSON                         20                     33:09                NEW YORK, NY                        $1,000 

2          SALLY MEYERHOFF                25                     33:11                EUGENE, OR                            $500

3          ALLISON GRACE                      26                     33:12                BLOWING ROCK, NC                $300

 

Masters Men

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Country

1          YEVGENY SIROTIN                   40                     30:57                UKR                 $1,500

2          SEAN WADE                            43                     31:05                USA                 $1,000

3          PAUL AUFDEMBERGE             44                     31:15                USA                 $500

4          PAUL MWANGI                         42                     31:46                KEN                 $300

5          JOHN REICH                             40                     32:30                USA                 $200

 

Masters Women

Place   Name                                       Age      Unofficial Time            Country

1          COLLEEN DE REUCK               45                     34:27                USA                 $1,500

2          ALBINA GALLYAMOVA             45                     35:43                RUS                 $1,000

3          TATIANA TITOVA                       43                     35:59                RUS                 $500

4          TRINA PAINTER                        43                     36:12                USA                 $300    

5          MICHELLE SIMONAITIS             43                     36:50                USA                 $200

 

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About The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race is a 10K event that takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia.  The first Peachtree was held in 1970 and featured 110 runners.  The Peachtree is now the largest running event in the United States with 55,000 participants.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race is perhaps most famous for the coveted Peachtree t-shirt, which is handed out to all the event finishers.  For more information on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race visit www.atlantatrackclub.org or www.ajc.com/peachtree.   

 

About the Atlanta Track Club

The Atlanta Track Club is a non-profit organization established to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running. With close to 9,000 members, the ATC is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race – the largest running event in the US – and The Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon, the Atlanta Track Club directs more than 25 running events per year.  For more information on the Atlanta Track Club, please visit www.atlantatrackclub.org.

 

About The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading source — both in print and online — of news, information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print and online audience of more than 2.2 million people each week. Every month, nearly 2.5 million unique visitors access the newspaper's Web sites, including ajc.com and accessAtlanta.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services.

 

 

 

 

            
  

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