RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of runners pounded the pavement for the 2017 Anthem Richmond Marathon Saturday.
Julius Koskei of Kenya came in first place, with an official time of 2 hours and 19 minutes! He was followed by Temesgen Habtemariam Bekele of Ethiopia, with an official time of 2 hours and 21 minutes, and Ricky Flynn of Greenville, SC, with an official time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Bethany Sachtleben of Alexandria was the first woman to cross the finish line, with an official time of 2 hours and 39 minutes. She posted the third fastest winning time in the Richmond Marathon since 2002.
"Meseret Ali Basa, 28, from Ethiopia, finished second, followed by Annmarie Tuxbury of New Hartford, Connecticut, Keira D'Amato of Midlothian, Virginia, and Teal Burrell of Richmond," marathon officials said.
In the Markel Richmond Half Marathon, Bernard Ngeno beat Joshua Izewski to take the men's title. Ngeno of Kenya finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes. Izewski of Doylestown, Pennsylvania also finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes. Just one millisecond separated the two.
In the women's race, Firegenet Mandefiro of Ethiopia came in first at 1 hour and 14 seconds. Nicole DiMercurio of Blowing Rock, North Carolina finished five milliseconds later.
Craig Nowak of Greenville, South Carolina, won the VCU Health 8k with a time of 22 minutes and 40 seconds, followed by Willy Fink of Blacksburg, Virginia, who finished 8 seconds later.
Stephanie Garcia and Rachel Johnson, both of Greenville, South Carolina, took the top two places in the women's race. Garcia finished in 25 minutes and 39 seconds, while Johnson finished in 26 minutes and 19 seconds.
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