Illinois Marathon Men’s Race Ends In Tie

 
Wilson Chemweno (left) and Tesfaalem Mehari enter Memorial Stadium for the finish of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The two would tie for first with a time of 2:21:03.

Wilson Chemweno (left) and Tesfaalem Mehari enter Memorial Stadium for the finish of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The two would tie for first with a time of 2:21:03.

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The tenth annual Christie Clinic Illinois men’s marathon Saturday ended in a tie. Tesfaalem Mehari of Colorado Springs and Wilson Chemweno of Kenya both finished in 2:21:03.  The first place $3000 prize was added to the second place $1300 prize, and the two men will split it evenly. William Fladland of Anoka, Minnesota finished third, just five seconds back.

On the women’s side, Misiker Demessie finished first with a time of 2:38:15. She won by about three minutes over Jackie Pirtle-Hall of St. Charles, Missouri. Last year’s women’s winner, Rachel Brewer of Tuscola, finished fifth.

Fredrick Kiprono of Terre Haute, Indiana won the half marathon in 1:06:54, and Kristina Aubert of Chicago won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:14:04. Erika Holroyd of St. Louis was the women's 10k winner in 40:58, and Brian Bundren from Mahomet was the 10k overall winner with a time of 34:47.

Joey Gibbs won the wheelchair half marathon in 59:30, and Katrina Gerhard won the women's whellchair half marathon with a time of 59:39. Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Tatyana McFadden and fellow University of Illinois wheelchair athlete Amanda McGrory both crossed the finish line in 1:00:06, with McGrory edging McFadden for second place in the women's wheelchair half marathon.

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