Top runners cross the finish line at SunTrust Richmond Marathon

Mark Chepses
Mark Chepses

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The 2010 winner of the SunTrust Richmond Marathon is Kenya Native Mark Chepses who completed the grueling 26.2-mile course in 2:19:13.  He concluded his run about three minutes ahead of second-place finisher Philip Muchoki Kamau (2:22:11).

Last year's marathon champion (who also won the event in 2008), Joynocel Basweti did not compete.

Tezeta Dengersa was the first woman to cross the finish line.

The McDonald's Half Marathon was finished in the blink of an eye -- and there's a hometown hero.  The winners are George Towett (1:03:44) from Kenya and Maria Elena Calle (1:16:05) from Richmond. This was the very first half marathon Calle ever entered. The 35 year old tells NBC12 she plans to celebrate by eating everything in sight.  Calle is now considering running a full marathon.

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