He fended off an Ethiopian in the final miles.
You could say that Addison New York resident Bryan Morseman owns the Run for the Red Marathon. He’s won the Pocono-based race the last three times. However, in Sunday’s edition, it wasn’t as easy for him as it had been in years past. Up until the 25-mile mark, he was battling it out with Girma Segni of Ethiopia, but Morseman had the final kick and broke the tape in 2:20:11. Segni finished over a minute later.
“Once I entered [Stroudsburg], I really started to push the pace,” said Morseman. “I knew we were under a mile to go and I just took off from there. It was make it or break it, you know.”
Segni actually held the lead at the 24-mile point, but Morseman didn’t panic, relying on his knowledge of the course to know when to make his move.
“Running the course previous times I know right where to [go],” Morseman recalled. “I knew right where someone was making a move whether they were going to last or not. Definitely the last two times were a good learning point for today.”