Lel, Adere Win Mardi Gras Half Marathon

By LetsRun.com
February 28, 2010

Kenyan Martin Lel defeated countryman Sammy Wanjiru in the Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans, LA this morning. Lel, a former World Marathon Major champion, ran 61:07 in a promising return to action from injury. Current World Marathon Major champion, Olympic champion, and half marathon world record-holder Sammy Wanjiru finished only seven seconds in front of former University of Oregon runner and debut half-marathoner Shadrack Biwott, 61:33 to 61:40. Irish national half marathon record holder Martin Fagan finished fourth in a solid 62:11.

In the women's race, Ethiopian Berhane Adere won a close race in a quick 67:52 over former Providence College runner Kim Smith (67:55) of Ireland  New Zealand. Adere's time was the fastest half marathon by a women in America and both her and Smith's times were national records.

*New Orlean's Newpspaper Article With Photo Here

Mardi Gras Half Marathon Results

Top Men
1.Martin Lel 61:07
2. Sam Wanjiru 61:33
3. Shadrack Biwott 61:40
4. Martin Fagan 62:11

Top Women
1. Berhane Adere 67:52
2. Kim Smith 67:55
3. Azalech Maresha 69:46
4. Ilsa Paulson 73:15




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