Adriana Nelson Wins 2013 US Half Marathon Championships

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by: Boulder Wave Agency
June 22, 2013

Boulder’s Adriana Nelson (ASICS) won this morning’s US Half-Marathon title in Duluth, Minnesota, in 71:18 for a seven-second win over US Olympic marathoner Desi Davila.

Adriana ran a fantastic race, running her opening four miles in 21:10 (5:16-5:23-5:16-5:15) to open a 53-second gap on the field. From five miles, the second group including Davila, Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, 2013 Bolder Boulder 6th-placer Mattie Suver, and several others, began the chase. Adriana’s lead was cut in half by seven miles, and two miles later Davila looked prime to catch her, closing to seven seconds at nine miles. Adriana responded with a 5:33 to expand the lead back to 11 seconds (54:28 at 10 miles), then closed with 16:50 for the final 5K (10 miles to the finish) to win her first US title and the $12,000 first-place prize money.

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs

Earlier this year Adriana took 11th at the New York City Half-Marathon in 71:09, the second-fastest time of her career. Her next race will be the Peachtree 10K on July 4th, which will also be the US Women’s 10K Championship.

Quotes from Adriana:
“I took off from the start because I knew I could run a half marathon alone, like I do in my trainings.

Towards the last few miles I heard the pace car talking about Desi behind me with about seven seconds between us. When I heard her getting close I thought, I still have a lot of juice left so I gave a charge. I heard them say ‘well, Desi’s not coming’ and I knew I had it.

Last two miles I was just thinking about my training loop in Boulder. I was imagining Jeremy [Adriana’s husband, Jeremy Nelson] on the bike next to me and since I always finish my trainings fast I knew I could close hard.”

Adriana can be followed on Twitter at @adi_nelson

More: *Men’s Recap and Results
On the boards: Trafeh & Meb in 61 in Duluth, 39 US guys under 65

Women’s Results:

Adriana Nelson33BoulderCO1/461:11:18.3
Desiree Davila29Washington TownshiMI2/461:11:25.3
Kelly Brinkman32BloomingtonMN3/461:11:32.8
Stephanie Rothstein Bruce29FlagstaffAZ4/461:11:37.5
Mattie Suver25JelmWY5/461:11:55.2
Maegan Krifchin25DewittNY6/461:12:05.0
Serena Burla30Falls ChurchVA7/461:12:13.5
Brianne Nelson32GoldenCO8/461:12:22.5
Michelle Frey31MinneapolisMN9/461:12:33.5
Wendy Thomas34WindsorCO10/461:13:16.8
Katie McGregor35St. Louis PkMN1/61:13:18.1
Sarah Crouch23Blowing RockNC11/461:13:33.3
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz32BroomfieldCO12/461:13:50.6
Ladia Albertson-Junkans27MinneapolisMN13/461:13:58.9
Melissa Johnson-White32Lake OrionMI14/461:14:09.4
Esther Erb27Blowing RockNC15/461:14:34.8
Stephanie Price23MinneapolisMN16/461:14:38.7
Nicole Camp27Cleveland HeightsOH17/461:14:41.0
Marci Gage25BendOR18/461:14:48.5
Sarah Cummings24New YorkNY19/461:15:03.8
Sheri Piers42FalmouthME1/21:15:06.6
Jodie Robertson28MelvilleNY20/461:15:27.0
Dani Fischer24Eau ClaireWI21/461:15:45.9
Joanna Zeiger43BoulderCO2/21:16:09.8
Atalelech Asfaw30AlbuquerqueNM22/461:16:28.0
Kimi Reed25Brookline StationMO23/461:16:32.5
Dawn Grunnagle35DallasTX2/61:16:56.8
Lauren Johnson34PortlandOR24/461:17:06.0
Rachel Jaten37SpokaneWA3/61:17:12.5
Kristina Vegh29CaryNC25/461:17:12.5
Deanna Ardrey30BoulderCO26/461:17:14.1
Jane Vongvorachoti29WoodsideNY27/461:17:15.1
Becki Spellman29AkronOH28/461:17:38.7
Emily Daum26San AntonioTX29/461:17:48.5
Laura Paulsen24MinneapolisMN30/461:18:14.7
Stefanie Slekis25TallahasseeFL31/461:18:22.0
Heidi Greenwood28ClevelandOH32/461:18:25.5
Emma Lee22St PaulMN33/461:18:29.4
Lisa Baumert26MinneapolisMN34/461:18:46.6
Rebecca Mishler26MeridianID35/461:18:50.6
Raquel Stucky37Pretty PrairieKS4/61:19:03.8
Elizabeth Herndon27KnoxvilleTN36/461:19:09.9
Renee High31Virginia BeachVA37/461:19:43.2
Holly Nearman27MilwaukeeWI38/461:19:51.4
Ellen Ries26Des MoinesIA39/461:20:14.8
Kim Pawelek Brantly39JacksonvilleFL5/61:20:18.2
Jillian Tholen25MinneapolisMN40/461:20:19.3
Caitlin Bullock27CharlotteNC41/461:20:19.5
Melissa Gacek37White Bear LakeMN6/61:20:25.3
Bridget Easley32LincolnNE42/461:20:34.7






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