Jeremy Freed, Lidia Simon win Citizen's Race; Memorial Day celebration and International Team Challenge are highlights
BOULDER, Colo. – (May 27, 2013) – BolderBOULDER, which has been recognized by Runner's World as America’s All-Time Best 10K, celebrated the 35th running of the 10K race here Monday. With an increased security presence in the wake of the attack on the Boston Marathon six weeks ago, the day ran smoothly and was marked by a safe, fun and festive race day celebrations by 48,741 registrants and thousands more spectators to the stadium.
“We weren’t quite sure what the reaction would be to the increased security measures this year, but the feedback we received is that everyone had an awesome race experience and appreciated the extra safety precautions,” said Cliff Bosley, race director.
The International Team Challenge was marked by a second consecutive win from 22-year-old Allan Kiprono (Kenya) with a time of 29 minutes, 29 seconds. The time improved Kiprono's 2012 result in Boulder by more than 25 seconds. It was the 12th win by a Kenyan runner, the most by any country in the history of the BolderBOULDER.
Kenya also took the top spot in the men’s team standings, snapping a six-year reign by the Ethiopians. Ethiopia took second and the United States was third. Aaron Braun was the first American man to cross the finish line in ninth place (30:30). He was fourth here in 2012.
In the women's elite race, Merima Mohammed (Ethiopia) won her first BolderBOULDER, the fourth win by an Ethiopian runner in the last five years, with a finishing time of 33:59. The 19-year-old won the Chevron Houston Marathon earlier this year and has a marathon best of 2:23:14.
While Ethiopia placed first in the women’s team standings, with Mexico in second and the United States placing third and finishing in the top three for the fourth straight year. U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor, 40, led the American women, finishing fourth in 34:44. The 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist won the race in 2001-03, and finished third in 2012. The women's race was considerably slower than a year ago.
The total prize purse for the elite runners and International Team Challenge participants was $141,166.
Jeremy Freed of Boulder won the Citizen’s Race for the second time in three years in 30:59. Lidia Simon, also a Boulder resident, was the first citizen’s woman finisher, running the course in 34:06.
BolderBOULDER Medical Doctor, Dr. Todd Dorfman, Boulder Community Hospital’s ER Director, reported more than 125 medical responses the majority were heat related, including 11 ambulance transports, two cardiac arrests and one stroke. All were promptly and successfully treated.
The highlight for many runners and spectators was this year’s Memorial Day tribute, which featured an enlistment ceremony for 75 newly recruited members of the armed forces, a flyover of four WWII fighter planes which was conducted by the Texas Flying Legends who later this week will conduct the flyover for the Air Force Academy Graduation. 2,700 servicemen and service women ran BolderBOULDER races at eleven locations over the world. The warmer and calmer weather was perfect for a spectacular performance by the sky diving team carrying flags representing each service and a large American flag.
35th BolderBOULDER 10K
Boulder, CO, Monday, May 27, 2013
1) Allan Kiprono (KEN), 29:29, $3750
2) Belete Assefa (ETH), 29:37, $2500
3) Birhanu Gedefa (ETH), 29:46, $1750
4) Leonard Korir (KEN), 29:51, $1250
5) Jose Antonio Uribe Marino (MEX), 29:51, $1050
6) Lani Rutto (KEN), 30:09, $700
7) Tolossa Gedefa Fufi (ETH), 30:16, $600
8) Juan Carlos Romero Bernal (MEX), 30:23, $500
9) Aaron Braun (USA / AZ), 30:30, $800*
10) Brent Vaughn (USA / CO), 30:38, $600*
1) Kenya $15,000
2) Ethiopia $10,000
3) United States $17,500*
4) Mexico $6000
5) US Army $4000
1) Merima Mohammed (ETH), 33:59, $3250
2) Amane Gobena (ETH), 34:09, $2000
3) Marisol Guadalupe Romero Rosal (MEX), 34:16, $1500
4) Deena Kastor (USA / CA), 34:44, $2250*
5) Madai Perez Carrillo (MEX), 34:54, $800
6) Mattie Suver (USA / CO), 34:57, $700
7) Bri Nelson (USA / CO), 35:02, $600
8) Karina Perez Delgado (MEX), 35:11, $500
9) Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (USA / AZ), 35:21, $800*
10) Zemzem Ahmed (ETH), 35:23, $400
1) Ethiopia $15,000
2) Mexico $10,000
3) United States $17,500*
4) Team Colorado $16,166#
5) Kenya $4000
*Includes U.S. Olympic Training Funds; #includes additional bonus for "Bolder Bounty," as two Team Colorado runners bested the third Team USA finisher's time
For full results, go to: www.bolderboulder.com