Buze Diriba Sets Course Record; Tyler Pennel Ties Record At EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

Press Release
October 25, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Near ideal temperatures in the high 50s encouraged record fast times at Sunday morning’s 3rd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler as Buze Diriba, 21, of Ethiopia broke the women’s record with a time of 52 minutes, 55 seconds, while American Tyler Pennel, 27, tied the event record by Elijah Muturi Karanja (2013) with his 46:50 clocking.

In the men’s race, Pennel, Kenyans Geoffrey Kenisi and Macdonard Ondara and Moroccan Mourad Marofit, formed the lead pack, setting a fast pace early on in the race with 4:40 and 4:45 opening splits. During mile 7, Pennel broke away from the lead pack and finished strongly with a 12-second win in 46:50 to tie the event record. Marofit was runner-up in 47:02, while Kenisi finished in third with 47:16. Chris Solinsky, the first American to break 27 minutes at 10,000 meters, finished 12th with a 50:09 in his comeback race after two years of injury.

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“I was confident going into the race knowing that I could win it,” said Pennel, a ZAP Fitness athlete. “I enjoyed the hilly course. It’s not a time-trial course but requires some strategy. In the last quarter of the course, I decided to go for it.”

In the women’s race, the trio of Diriba, who was runner up last year, Kenyan Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton and Rkia El Moukim of Morocco formed the lead pack. Diriba pulled ahead in the final stretch finishing in 52:55, a course record, to shatter break Sara Hall’s 53:46 record from 2014. Tuliamuk-Bolton finished in second in 53:11, and Moukim took third with a 54:19 clocking.

“I felt very good,” Diriba said. “I was very excited to return to Pittsburgh again. I had unfinished business here. I am very happy to come away with a win.”

Pennel and Diriba’s times were also the fastest on U.S. soil in 2015 on a record standard, certified 10 mile course.

Tara Welling was the first American female and took home $2000 as part of the P3R’s American Development Program (ADP), finishing 4th overall in 55:11.

“For our third edition, a beautiful fall Pittsburgh day drew 4,000-plus entrants, and in our debut on the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit, we had our most competitive field yet that included a women’s event record and men’s event record tie,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros.

3rd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler: PRRO Circuit
Pittsburgh, PA, Sunday, October 25, 2015


1) Tyler Pennel (USA), 46:50, $5000*

2) Mourad Marofit (MAR), 47:02, $2500

3) Geoffrey Kenisi (KEN), 47:16, $1500

4) Macdonard Ondara (KEN), 47:20, $1000

5) Elisha Barno (KEN), 48:05, $750

6) Eluid Ngetich (KEN), 48:07, $500

7) Jason Witt (USA), 48:23, $1000*

8) Yonas Mebrahtu (ERI), 48:59

9) Nelson Oyugi (KEN), 49:09

10) Biya Simbassa (USA), 49:11, $500**

11) Nicholas Kipruto (USA), 49:40, $250**

12) Chris Solinsky (USA), 50:09

*Includes Open and U.S.-only prize purses

**U.S.-only prize purse


1) Buze Diriba (ETH), 52:55, $4000#

2) Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (KEN), 53:11, $2500

3) Rkia El Moukim (MAR), 54:19, $1500

4) Tara Welling (USA), 55:11, $2000*

5) Esther Atkins (USA), 56:25, $1500*

6) Kaitlin Gregg Goodman (USA), 57:01, $1000*

7) Maor Tiyouri (ISR), 57:35, $250

8) Lauren Woodring (USA), 58:12,  $250**

9) Wendy Thomas (USA), 58:23

10) Whitney Bevins Lazzara (USA), 59:30

#Course record (previous record, 53:46, set by Sara Hall in 2014)

*Includes Open and U.S.-only prize purses

**U.S.-only prize purse

For more information and complete results, visit: www.Pittsburgh10Miler.org