Top finishers announced for Monument Avenue 10K

Top finishers announced for Monument Avenue 10K
NBC12's A.J. Nwoko takes off from the starting line. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of competitors hit the streets of Richmond on Saturday, in what has grown to be one of the biggest 10K road races in the country.

The event features runners of all abilities. The race starts in waves, based on estimated finishing times.

Matthew McDonald, 24, of Atlanta, was the first male finisher, running the race in 30:10. He finished just ahead of Miles Clikeman, who came in at 30:42.

The first female finisher, Bethany Sachtleben, 26, of Alexandria, finished the race in 33:37.

"It feels really good. I'm at the beginning of my season. I'm trying to get confidence for the rest of my season, so this felt really good too. It didn't feel like a huge effort, so that's comforting," said Sachtleben.

McDonald had the same message.

"It felt amazing. Honestly, the race was really well put on and my favorite part was the spectators. The whole course was just lined with spectators, which you don't see over long races like this that often and then the course is also beautiful. The weather is amazing, so it was just all around a really good event today," said McDonald.

Dash for the Cash contestant Amy Garber, of Mechanicsville, also led the pack on Saturday. She was selected at random from over 16,000 people registered for the race as of Feb. 1. Based on her past results, she was given a head start of roughly 2.5 miles. She beat the rest of the field to the finish line and took home the $2,500 prize.

"This is the 11th year in a row that the Dash for the Cash contestant claimed the prize and the 12th time in the 14 years of the contest overall," Sportsbackers said.

The top three male and female participants who live in the Richmond area also won prize money. Miles Clikeman, Silas Frantz, and Tim Gruber won on the men's side, while Julie Patterson, Rachel Wheeler Northup, and Kate Gardner finished in the top three on the women's side.

Governor Ralph Northam and Mayor Levar Stoney were both there running as well.

NBC12's very own A.J. Nwoko placed 31st overall and ran the race in 35 minutes.

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