Shitaye Gemechu of Ethiopia won the women’s 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Logan Sherman of Dallas won the men’s 2014 MetroPCS Half Marathon
DALLAS (Dec. 14, 2014) – Kimutai Cheruiyot of Kenya pulled away from James Kirwa in a close race on a breezy race morning to win the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 11 seconds. Stephen Muange and Jonathan Kibet sprinted out the final 100 yards in a battle for third place, with Muange narrowly edging Kibet.
Shitaye Gemechu of Ethiopia won the women’s 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon with a time of 2:46:46. Jessica Harper, a 22-year-old first-time marathoner, and Liza Galvan, the 2004 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon champion, finished in second and third places with times of 2:50:14 and 2:53:20, respectively.
Cheruiyot and Gemechu will each receive $5,000 for winning the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
Elite competitor Sara Hall led all women in the 2014 MetroPCS Half Marathon, cruising to her fourth half marathon victory in four months with a time of 1:12:26. The 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion and three-time Olympic Trials finalist beat her personal best by 28 seconds. Husband and two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner and owner of the best-ever American time in the marathon, Ryan Hall, paced her after finishing his leg of the Behringer Relay.
Logan Sherman of Dallas won the men’s 2014 MetroPCS Half Marathon with a time of 1:08:20.
Deena Kastor, a MetroPCS Dallas Marathon elite ambassador and the U.S. record holder in the women’s marathon and half marathon, paced 18-year-old high school senior Nick Figueroa for a full 13.1 miles, as Figueroa completed his second half marathon ever in a time of 1:26:49. Figueroa participates in Matthew McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation.
Mark Followill, play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Mavericks, served as the 2014 Cotton Patch Café Last Man Running adding excitement to the half marathon race and raising additional funds for the marathon’s primary beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Followill started at the very back of the last corral as the last runner to cross the start line and ultimately passed 6,594 runners en route to a 1:46:44 half marathon finish.
Celebrity runners Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall teamed up with the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers, respectively, for a friendly competition in the 2014 Behringer Relay. Meb and Hall ran the first leg of the five-person relay teams comprised of three staff members from the Dallas Mavericks or Texas Rangers, and one fan selected by each organization. The Texas Rangers team finished with a time of 3:01:39, beating the Dallas Mavericks team who finished with a time of 3:10:19. A charitable donation will be made to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation for the victory.
The overall winner in the 2014 Behringer Relay was Team Luke’s with a time of 2:30:40. The Behringer Relay follows the same 26.2-mile course as the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
The High School Relay Team, comprised of 16 of the area’s top high school distance runners, came up short in their challenge against the elite marathon field, finishing with a collective time of 2:25:58. Overall marathon champion Kimutai Cheruiyot will receive a $1,500 prize bonus for fending off the high school relay team.
The 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay featured a new race course designed to improve the runner experience and create fun, accessible moments for spectators. Thousands of cheering fans lined the streets of Dallas to cheer on race participants.