Ben True & Julie Culley Win U.S. 5K Championships

Ben True is the newly crowned U.S. 5K Champion. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Ben True is the newly crowned U.S. 5K Champion. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s champion True takes over USA Running Circuit lead.

From: Running USA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – (September 18, 2011) – At the USA 5K Championships hosted by the CVS Caremark Downtown in Providence on Sunday morning, Ben True (Hanover, NH) and Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) won national road titles and the Open races overall in 13 minutes, 44 seconds and 15:42 respectively. For True, it was his second USA title for the year (also 10K) and for Culley her first U.S. title.

In the men’s race, True, Sam Chelanga of Kenya and Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, AZ) battled to the end before True secured the victory by two seconds over Chelanga and Braun, both timed in 13:46. Defending national champion Robert Cheseret (Colorado Springs, CO) finished 5th overall and 3rd American in 13:51.

With the win (worth $8000 and 15 USA Running Circuit points), True, 25, moved into first place in the USARC standings with 48 points followed by Braun just one point back.

For the women, Culley, 30, handily captured the U.S. crown by 8 seconds over Kim Conley (West Sacramento, CA) who ran 15:50 as national runner-up. Three-time Olympian Jen Rhines tops the women’s USARC with 30 points.

Video highlights of the USA 5K Championships are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at: www.USARunningCircuit.com

22nd CVS Caremark Downtown 5K: USA Men & Women’s Championships
Providence, RI, Sunday, September 18, 2011

MEN
1) Ben True (NH), 13:44, $8000
2) Sam Chelanga (KEN), 13:46, $2000
3) Aaron Braun (AZ), 13:46, $4000
4) Kevin Chelimo (KEN), 13:50
5) Robert Cheseret (CO), 13:51, $2000
6) Harbert Okuti (UGA), 13:52
7) Stephen Pifer (OR), 13:52, $1500
8) Simon Ndirangu (KEN), 13:55
9) Bolota Asmerom (CA), 14:02, $1000
10) Anthony Famiglietti (NC), 14:05, $900
Other U.S.
11) Bobby Mack (NC), 14:05, $700
12) Christo Landry (MI), 14:08, $500
14) Jordan Horn (AZ), 14:10, $300
15) Christian Hesch (CA), 14:14, $100

WOMEN
1) Julie Culley (NJ), 15:42, $8000
2) Kim Conley (CA), 15:50, $5000
3) Emily Brown (MN), 15:58, $3000
4) Sara Hall (CA), 16:00, $1500
5) Meghan Peyton (MN), 16:00, $1000
6) Stephanie Pezzullo (NC), 16:09, $900
7) Nicole Schappert (NJ), 16:09, $700
8) Amy Mortimer (KS), 16:10, $500
9) Cassie Slade (CO), 16:23, $300
10) Kellyn Johnson (AZ), 16:24, $100

Deeper results and more at: www.cvsdowntown5k.com

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