4/25/2015 – miniMARATHON WINNERS SET COURSE RECORDS DESPITE WET ROAD RACE

April 25, 2015. Louisville, KY.   The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality kicked off this morning with cool and wet running conditions. This year’s races had around 16,000 registered participants, with about 13,000 starters today at Main and Brook Streets. 2015 marks the 42nd annual miniMarathon and 14th annual Marathon. But the wet weather didn’t slow down the runners.

Elisha Barno of Santa Fe, NM, won the miniMarathon and set a course record in the Men’s Division with a time of 1:01:44.  Askale Merachi, of Silver Springs, MD, also set a course record as she crossed the finish line first in the Women’s Division with a time of 1:12:08.

Jose Pulido of Clarksville, GA, won first place in the men’s wheelchair division of the miniMarathon with a time of 53:05 and Tina Vogel of Longmont, CO, won first place in the women’s wheelchair division of the miniMarathon with a time of 1:21:54.

The full Marathon winners were Bryan Morseman of Bath, NY, in the men’s division with a time of 2:22:36 and Alemnesh Habtemikael of Silver Spring, MD, in the women’s division with a time of 2:49:59 .

The top finishers in the 2015:

miniMarathon MEN’s WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

 PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Jose Pulido                  0:53:05                         Clarksville,GA

Second             Matthew Porterfield       0:58:05                         Knoxville, TN

Third                 Chad Johnson               1:01:26                         Corydon, IN

miniMarathon WOMEN’s WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Tina Vogel                    1:21:54                         Longmont, CO

Second             Sandy Dailey                1:34:34                         Eureka, MO

miniMarathon MEN’s Division

PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Elisha Barno                 1:01:44                         Santa Fe, NM (Course Record)

Second             Pius Nyantika                1:01:46                         Louisville, KY

Third                 Julius Koskei                1:03:32                         Hebron, KY

miniMarathon Women’s Division

PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Askale Merachi              1:12:08                         Silver Spring, MD (Course Record)

Second             Tarah Korir                    1:14:37                         St. Clements, ON

Third                 Alana Hadley                 1:18:43                         Charlotte, NC

Marathon MEN’s Division

PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Bryan Morseman           2:22:36                         Bath, NY

Second             Birhanu Tadesse            2:24:36                         Washington, D.C.

Third                 Chass Armstrong          2:33:02                         Asheville, NC

Marathon WOMEN’s Division 

PLACE             FINISHER                     TIME                            HOMETOWN   

First                  Alemnesh Habtemikael  2:49:59                         Silver Spring, MD

Second             Kate Nicewicz                2:59:35                         Cookeville, TN

Third                 Kim Coleman                3:00:38                         Louisville, KY

For additional times and place information, visit http://results.xacte.com/?kw=kdf.

Walmart and HumanaVitality are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Provider and Training Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are ASICS, Bluegrass Family Health, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Supporting Sponsor: TruMoo. Official Pace Car:  MINI OF LOUISVILLE. 

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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