Ethiopians Yebrgual Arage And Birhanu Gedefa Win 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon As American Kellyn Taylor (2:28:40) Has Nice Debut

Ethiopians Yebrgual Arage (2:23:23) and Birhanu Gedefa (2:08:03) got the wins as American Kellyn Taylor (2:28:40) had a nice debut and Aaron Braun (2:12:54) was the top American man.
On The Boards: Also at Houston – Aaron Braun 2:12:54; Kellyn Taylor 2:28:40

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by: Race Organizers
January 18, 2015

HOUSTON (January 18, 2015) – Near-perfect conditions yielded speedy performances Sunday at the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon as Yebrgual Arage ran the second fastest time ever by a woman at Houston and Birhanu Gedefa outkicked Gebo Burka to take the men’s race. It was the seventh straight sweep of the titles by Ethiopia.

Yebrgual Arage After Winning 2015 Houston

Yebrgual Arage After Winning 2015 Houston

Arage made a late race surge and passed early leader Biruktait Degefa before fighting off the challenge of Guteni Imana on the way to a 2:23:23 that was a personal best by almost three minutes. Imana finished at 2:23:32, the third-fastest time ever at Houston and a seven minute improvement on her previous best, and Degefa also dipped under 2:24 with a 2:23:51 that moved her to fifth on the all-time race performance list.

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Kellyn Taylor had an impressive debut to place sixth at 2:28:40 as the top American, three minutes ahead of 2014 half marathon champion Serena Burla, who crossed the line at 2:31:46 in seventh. Lindsay Flanagan and Taylor Ward were the other Americans in the top 10, taking ninth (2:33:12) and 10th (2:38:30) respectively.

Birhanu Gedefa Wins Houston 2015

Birhanu Gedefa Wins Houston 2015

Gedefa was content to run with the pack for the early part of the race, cruising through the halfway point at 1:03:20. He stayed with the leaders through 30K at 1:31:06 and was six seconds behind Debebe Tolossa with just over four miles to go. Burka made a strong push and pulled away from the pack, opening up a 14-second lead by 40K, but Gedefa fought back and passed Burka in the final 400 meters to win at 2:08:03, a lifetime best and the eighth-fastest time ever at Houston.

Burka’s 2:08:12 made him the ninth-fastest in race history, while Tolossa was third at 2:09:07. Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro was also under 2:10, taking fourth at 2:09:40.

Last year’s half marathon runner-up, Aaron Braun, moved up in distance to great effect, finishing as the top American at 2:12:54 in seventh. Braun passed the halfway point at 1:06:53 and picked up the pace over the final 13 miles to chop almost seven minutes off his personal best. Craig Leon also nabbed a top-10 finish for the U.S. with his ninth-place 2:14:43.

Top Americans Kellyn Taylor and Aaron Braun

Top Americans Kellyn Taylor and Aaron Braun

Top Results

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On The Boards: Also at Houston – Aaron Braun 2:12:54; Kellyn Taylor 2:28:40

Place Overall Name Gender State BIB Division Age Finish Net Finish Gun Prize
1 » Gedefa, Birhanu (ETH) Men 8 30-34 30 02:08:03 02:08:03 $40,000
2 » Burka, Gebo (ETH) Men 1 25-29 27 02:08:12 02:08:12 $20,000
3 » Tolossa, Debebe (ETH) Men 2 30-34 34 02:09:07 02:09:07 $10,000
4 » Ondoro, Dominic (KEN) Men 5 25-29 26 02:09:40 02:09:40 $6000
5 » Limo, Silah (KEN) Men 3 20-24 22 02:10:37 02:10:37 $4000
6 » Mose, Erick (KEN) Men 7 25-29 27 02:12:52 02:12:52 $3000
7 » Braun, Aaron (USA) Men CO 11 25-29 27 02:12:54 02:12:54 $7000(A)
8 » Shumie, Gadisa (ETH) Men 4 20-24 22 02:14:03 02:14:03
9 » Leon, Craig (USA) Men OR 10 30-34 30 02:14:43 02:14:43
10 » Ndhlovu, Pardon (USA) Men GA 301 25-29 27 02:16:51 02:16:52
11 » Migliozzi, Tony (USA) Men OH 22 25-29 25 02:17:27 02:17:27
12 » Stuetzel, Simon (GER) Men 16 25-29 28 02:17:51 02:17:51
13 » Mott, Jonathan (USA) Men FL 15 25-29 27 02:18:12 02:18:12
14 » Grimes, Bennett (USA) Men WA 19 25-29 26 02:18:47 02:18:47
15 » Mcaneney, Lucas (CAN) Men 302 25-29 28 02:20:41 02:20:43
16 » Davis, Jesse (USA) Men IN 14 30-34 33 02:22:37 02:22:37
17 » Chu, Steve (USA) Men CO 312 30-34 32 02:22:43 02:22:43
18 » Neff, Calum (CAN) Men 215 30-34 30 02:22:59 02:22:59
19 » Martins, Cesar (BRA) Men 315 40-44 43 02:23:14 02:23:16
21 » Wardian, Michael (USA) Men VA 18 40-44 40 02:23:32 02:23:32
24 » Poulios, Konstantinos (GRE) Men 29 35-39 37 02:24:09 02:24:09
25 » Pizzonia, Chase (USA) Men NY 304 25-29 28 02:24:39 02:24:41
26 » Filipek, Tony (USA) Men MI 303 25-29 26 02:25:46 02:25:48
28 » Abrar (Pacer), Suleman (ETH) Men 54 20-24 21 02:27:16 02:27:16
31 » Kuhlmann, Patrick (USA) Men DC 317 40-44 43 02:29:41 02:29:42

Women:

Place Gender Name Gender State BIB Division Age Finish Net Finish Gun Prize
1 » Arage, Yebrgual (ETH) Women 105 20-24 24 02:23:23 02:23:23 $40,000
2 » Imana, Guteni (ETH) Women 103 20-24 23 02:23:32 02:23:32 $20,000
3 » Degefa, Biruktait (ETH) Women 102 20-24 24 02:23:51 02:23:51 $10,000
4 » Dalasa, Sechale (ETH) Women 106 20-24 23 02:27:12 02:27:12 $6,000
5 » Sado, Fatuma (ETH) Women 101 20-24 23 02:28:27 02:28:27 $4,000
6 » Taylor, Kellyn (USA) Women AZ 109 25-29 28 02:28:40 02:28:40 $8000 (A)
7 » Burla, Serena (USA) Women VA 108 30-34 32 02:31:46 02:31:46 $2000
8 » De La Rosa, Vianey (MEX) Women 117 25-29 28 02:32:01 02:32:01
9 » Flanagan, Lindsay (USA) Women MD 111 20-24 23 02:33:12 02:33:12
10 » Ward, Taylor (USA) Women AL 333 20-24 24 02:38:30 02:38:32
11 » Jin, Lingling (CHN) Women 112 25-29 28 02:39:14 02:39:14
12 » Pallardy, Kate (USA) Women NY 334 25-29 29 02:40:13 02:40:15
13 » Miller, Danielle (USA) Women MI 114 20-24 23 02:41:32 02:41:32
14 » Watkins, Catherine (CAN) Women 116 40-44 43 02:44:59 02:44:59
15 » Camp, Nicole (USA) Women CO 113 25-29 29 02:46:52 02:46:52
16 » Apolonio, Paula (MEX) Women 324 35-39 36 02:46:54 02:46:55
17 » Riga, Sofia (GRE) Women 130 25-29 26 02:47:17 02:47:17
18 » Pirtle-Hall, Jackie (USA) Women MO 338 30-34 32 02:48:56 02:48:57
19 » Duhon, Madeline (USA) Women MA 1088 25-29 25 02:49:34 02:49:41
20 » Urick, Ashley (USA) Women WA 1033 30-34 30 02:54:33 02:54:38
21 » Roth, Meghan (USA) Women MN 115 25-29 27 02:54:56 02:54:56
22 » Howard, Elizabeth (USA) Women TX 1062 40-44 42 02:56:35 02:57:03
23 » Mills-Honarvar, Donna (USA) Women TX 1254 40-44 40 02:57:02 02:57:06
24 » Skinner, Ashley (USA) Women TX 5206 30-34 30 02:57:18 03:00:34
25 » Longoria, Monica (USA) Women TX 1158 25-29 25 02:58:42 02:59:19

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