Philadelphia, PA (September 20, 2009) — The 32nd ING Philadelphia Distance Run, held this morning on a clear sunny day, was highlighted by 26-year-old Ryan Hall’s 1:01:52 victory and Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba’s remarkable seventh championship in the women’s field.
A very conservative tempo was set in the early miles of the men’s race, hitting miles in the mid-4:40’s throughout. The lead pack began to break up after 10K, leaving Hall to battle Kenya’s Ben Limo, Samuel Ndereba and Valentine Orare. Limo and Ndereba set much of the tempo over the second half of the race, continuing the consistent pace at 4:44-45 for each mile.
Hall surged at mile 12 running a 4:27 split to break away from three Kenyans, taking the lead outright into the final straightaway. The American looked smooth as he waved to the crowd across the finish line, taking his first half-marathon title of the year.
“It was tough competition but a beautiful course,” said Hall, the U.S. Half Marathon record holder. “Since I’ve been training for the marathon distance, it was hit or miss on my pace – but my legs felt great through the last mile, and overall I thought it was a fantastic race.”
Early on in the women’s race it was a group of four women, including six time winner Ndereba, Ethiopan Derartu Tulu, and Kenyans Irene Limika and Neriah Asiba that assumed control of the race. Like the men, the women ran very consistent over the bulk of the race, hitting 10K in 33:05 and 15K in 49:48.
Ndereba and Limika pulled away from the other women around the 15K mark and continued to run together for the remainder of the race. Ndereba was able to gain a slight lead before the turn to the finish and held off Limika by narrow three second margin, 1:09:53 to 1:09:56.
“It has been a 7 year gap since my last win in Philadelphia and after living here for 15 years, it is nice to win at home,” said Ndereba.
2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist Constantina Dita found herself out of the race early on. Dita finished a distant tenth, but is looking forward toward her next race, “”I really felt it today, I’ve been doing a lot of interval training on the track, today’s race shows me I still have a lot of work to do before my next marathon.”
The historic road race, known for its running legacy that includes five World and three American records, will continue the tradition in 2010 as the ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon and will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2010.
“We are thrilled to be making next year’s run part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll series,” said Mike Smith, CEO, ING US Legacy Annuity. “This change will broaden the appeal of the race and provide more people with the experience of this exciting race format, as well as offering our employees the ability further spread the ING message.”
Place, Name, County, Time
1. Ryan Hall – USA – 1:01:52
2. Samuel Ndereba – Kenya – 1.01.56
3. Benjamin Limo – Kenya – 1.02.01
4. Valentine Orare – Kenya – 1.02.22
5. Mike Sayenko – USA / WA – 1.05.04
6. Josh Cox – USA / CA – 1.05.09
7. Andrew Dumm – USA – 1.05.41
8. Lee Troop – Australia – 1.05.42
9. Joel Mwaura – USA / MD – 1.05.47
10. Mike McKeeman – USA / PA – 1.05.59
1.Catherine Ndereba – Kenya – 1.09.43
2. Irene Limika – Kenya – 1.09.46
3. Neriah Asiba – Kenya – 1.10.26
4. Derartu Tulu – Ethiopia – 1.10.33
5. Hellen Kimutai – Kenya – 1.10.43
6. Evelyn Lagat – Kenya – 1.12.25
7. Karolina Jarzynska – Poland – 1.12.27
8. Kirsten Fryburg – USA / CO – 1.13.52
9. Samia Akbah – USA / DC – 1.14.06
10. Constantina Dita – Romania – 1.14.47
About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
Produced by Competitor Group, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, launched 12 years ago in San Diego, is known for lining race routes with cheerleaders, live bands and themed water stations which provide inspiration for runners along the course. The annual event original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego is still recognized for its record inaugural race that brought 15,771 participants across the finish line.
Today, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has spread to ten cities nationwide, creating the first national series of marathons and half-marathons, which annually attract more than 200,000 participants. The races are considered sports tourism destinations, with more than half of the participants arriving from outside the host city. Event weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, where all participants must pick up their bib number and race packet. Over 100 exhibitors feature free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel and interactive clinics. For more information, please visit www.runrocknroll.com.
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 115,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.
In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 30 million customers across the nation.
For more information, visit www.ing.com/us.
About The Competitor Group
Competitor Group, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, CA, is a leading endurance media and event entertainment company dedicated to promoting the sports of running, cycling and triathlons. CGI owns and operates 32 national events delivering more than 300,000 professional and amateur participants in 2010. CGI publishes four magazine titles with a combined monthly circulation of over 800,000 and has recently launched an online endurance community at www.competitor.com. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at www.cgimediakit.com