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Endale Record at Hartford Marathon

Abiyot Endale - Hartford Marathon 2012

Abiyot Endale – Hartford Marathon 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. – (October 13, 2012) – The 19th ING Hartford Marathon hosted more than 16,000 participants, who crossed the finish line after marathon, half-marathon or 5K races in downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park. Abiyot Endale, 26, an Ethiopian runner currently living in High Falls, NY, won the marathon, setting a course record of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 35 seconds and breaking the previous record (2:16:34, Moses Kemboi in 2005) by nearly a minute.

He was followed by Kenyan runner Mathew Kiplagat, of White Plains, NY, who clocked 2:17:53. New England’s Finest runner Matt Pelletier, of West Greenwich, RI, placed third in 2:19:33 and earned a $4000 bonus.

For the women, New England’s Finest runners swept the top three women’s marathon places with Hilary Dionne, 27, of Charlestown, RI, winning in 2:40:34, setting a PR in her first appearance in Hartford and taking home $7000. Defending champion Erica Jesseman, 23, Scarborough, ME was runner-up in 2:46:59. The top three women’s finishers were eligible for additional prize money as part of the New England’s Finest Elite program, which recognizes talented runners from the region.

In the half-marathon, Philemon Kiplan Terer won men’s race, covering the 13.1 mile course in 1:05:42, while countryman Benard Langat was second at 1:05:49. Terer and Langat train together in Santa Fe, NM, and are both originally from Kenya. With a time of 1:06:24, Jonny Wilson, of Falmouth, ME, took third place and was the first finisher in the New England’s Finest Elite program.

Women’s half-marathon winner Stephanie Reilly of Northbridge, MA, crossed the finish line in 1:15:40, and Katie Moulton, a New England Finest runner out of Providence, RI, was second (1:18:05), followed by Lydia Carrick, of Wilmington, DE, who took third (1:19:13).

In the 5K race, New Britain, CT runner Samuel Alexander took first place in 15:28, while Jeanne Mack, of Bristol, RI, was first woman, recording 18:03.

19th ING Hartford Marathon
Hartford, CT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

MEN
1) Abiyot Endale (ETH), 2:15:35*, $4000
2) Mathew Kiplagat (KEN), 2:17:53, $2000
3) Matt Pelletier (USA / RI), 2:19:33, $5000#
4) Chris Zablocki (USA / CT), 2:20:11, $750
5) Jared Burdick (USA / NY), 2:20:25, $500
*course record (previous record, 2:16:34, Moses Kemboi (KEN), 2005)

WOMEN
1) Hilary Dionne (MA), 2:40:34, $7000#
2) Erica Jesseman (ME), 2:46:59, $3500#
3) Lyndsay Willard (MA), 2:53:51, $1750#
4) Jackie Evans (MA), 3:00:37, $750
5) Maureen Terwilliger, 45, CT, 3:03:09, $500
#includes New England’s Finest bonus

19th ING Hartford Half-Marathon
MEN
1) Philemon Kiplan Terer (KEN), 1:05:42, $1000
2) Benard Langat (KEN), 1:05:49, $750
3) Jonny Wilson (USA / ME), 1:06:24, $1500#

WOMEN
1) Stephanie Reilly (MA), 1:15:40, $1000
2) Katie Moulton (RI), 1:18:05, $1750#
3) Lydia Carrick (DE), 1:19:13, $500
#includes New England’s Finest bonus

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