Ethiopians run to victory in Richmond Marathon

Published: Nov. 12, 2016 at 3:22 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2016 at 12:38 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of runners hit the streets for the 39th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon, the American Family Fitness Half Marathon and the VCU Health 8K on Saturday.

First place runner Dadi Bayene, 28, of Ethiopia, finished the race in 2:19:36, ahead of Peter Limo and former course-record holder Kennedy Kemie, both of Kenya.

Bizuwork Getahun, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, coming in with a time of 2:37:51. Getahun's time was the fastest winning time in the marathon since 2002. Susanna Sullivan from Reston, Virginia, finished second with a time of 2:42:34.

In the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Girma Gebre successfully defended his 2015 title. The 23-year-old from Ethiopia finished in 1:04:41, ahead of Rachid Ezzounlou of Morocco and Mark Leininger of Greenville, South Carolina.

In the women's race, Joan Aiyabei took first place with a time of 1:12:25, finishing ahead of her fellow Kenyan Veronicah Maina, who crossed the line in 1:12:50.

John Crain, 24, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, won the VCU Health 8k with a time of 23:09, while in the women's race, Monicah Ngige, 18, of Kenya captured first place with a time of 25:53.

The 2017 Richmond Marathon -- which is the 40th anniversary of the race -- is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11.

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