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:

Name Age City State DivPl Time
Adriana Nelson 33 Boulder CO 1/46 1:11:18.3
Desiree Davila 29 Washington Townshi MI 2/46 1:11:25.3
Kelly Brinkman 32 Bloomington MN 3/46 1:11:32.8
Stephanie Rothstein Bruce 29 Flagstaff AZ 4/46 1:11:37.5
Mattie Suver 25 Jelm WY 5/46 1:11:55.2
Maegan Krifchin 25 Dewitt NY 6/46 1:12:05.0
Serena Burla 30 Falls Church VA 7/46 1:12:13.5
Brianne Nelson 32 Golden CO 8/46 1:12:22.5
Michelle Frey 31 Minneapolis MN 9/46 1:12:33.5
Wendy Thomas 34 Windsor CO 10/46 1:13:16.8
Katie McGregor 35 St. Louis Pk MN 1/6 1:13:18.1
Sarah Crouch 23 Blowing Rock NC 11/46 1:13:33.3
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz 32 Broomfield CO 12/46 1:13:50.6
Ladia Albertson-Junkans 27 Minneapolis MN 13/46 1:13:58.9
Melissa Johnson-White 32 Lake Orion MI 14/46 1:14:09.4
Esther Erb 27 Blowing Rock NC 15/46 1:14:34.8
Stephanie Price 23 Minneapolis MN 16/46 1:14:38.7
Nicole Camp 27 Cleveland Heights OH 17/46 1:14:41.0
Marci Gage 25 Bend OR 18/46 1:14:48.5
Sarah Cummings 24 New York NY 19/46 1:15:03.8
Sheri Piers 42 Falmouth ME 1/2 1:15:06.6
Jodie Robertson 28 Melville NY 20/46 1:15:27.0
Dani Fischer 24 Eau Claire WI 21/46 1:15:45.9
Joanna Zeiger 43 Boulder CO 2/2 1:16:09.8
Atalelech Asfaw 30 Albuquerque NM 22/46 1:16:28.0
Kimi Reed 25 Brookline Station MO 23/46 1:16:32.5
Dawn Grunnagle 35 Dallas TX 2/6 1:16:56.8
Lauren Johnson 34 Portland OR 24/46 1:17:06.0
Rachel Jaten 37 Spokane WA 3/6 1:17:12.5
Kristina Vegh 29 Cary NC 25/46 1:17:12.5
Deanna Ardrey 30 Boulder CO 26/46 1:17:14.1
Jane Vongvorachoti 29 Woodside NY 27/46 1:17:15.1
Becki Spellman 29 Akron OH 28/46 1:17:38.7
Emily Daum 26 San Antonio TX 29/46 1:17:48.5
Laura Paulsen 24 Minneapolis MN 30/46 1:18:14.7
Stefanie Slekis 25 Tallahassee FL 31/46 1:18:22.0
Heidi Greenwood 28 Cleveland OH 32/46 1:18:25.5
Emma Lee 22 St Paul MN 33/46 1:18:29.4
Lisa Baumert 26 Minneapolis MN 34/46 1:18:46.6
Rebecca Mishler 26 Meridian ID 35/46 1:18:50.6
Raquel Stucky 37 Pretty Prairie KS 4/6 1:19:03.8
Elizabeth Herndon 27 Knoxville TN 36/46 1:19:09.9
Renee High 31 Virginia Beach VA 37/46 1:19:43.2
Holly Nearman 27 Milwaukee WI 38/46 1:19:51.4
Ellen Ries 26 Des Moines IA 39/46 1:20:14.8
Kim Pawelek Brantly 39 Jacksonville FL 5/6 1:20:18.2
Jillian Tholen 25 Minneapolis MN 40/46 1:20:19.3
Caitlin Bullock 27 Charlotte NC 41/46 1:20:19.5
Melissa Gacek 37 White Bear Lake MN 6/6 1:20:25.3
Bridget Easley 32 Lincoln NE 42/46 1:20:34.7

 

 

 

 

 


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