Kirwa, Mudy Win Inaugural 13.1 Dallas

Daniel Kirwa took home the $1000 prize for winning the inaugural Dallas 13.1. Photo: DNJ.com

The event teams with Team World Vision.

From: Running USA

Daniel Kirwa took home the $1000 prize for winning the inaugural Dallas 13.1. Photo: DNJ.com

DALLAS — On Saturday morning, the inaugural 13.1 Dallas & Uptown 5 Mile gave runners the unique opportunity to run unobstructed through Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas, including Uptown, Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, Highland Park, American Airlines Center and West End.

“Our goal was to bring America’s hottest Half Marathon Series to our hometown and we have exceeded all expectations,” said Founding Partner and CEO Greg Laird. “13.1 Dallas is also partnering with Team World Vision to help raise funds for the clean water projects that are changing people’s lives in Kenya and Malawi which gives the race a purpose and a vision not to mention some of the greatest runners from the U.S. and around the world.”

Among the 2,000-plus registered half-marathon runners were several world class runners, including Daniel Kirwa, 24, who edged runner-up and fellow Kenyan Samuel Kosgei by one second, finishing in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 12 seconds.

“This course is awesome–maybe one of the best in the world,” said Poland’s Justyna Mudy, 27, the women’s champion who covered the 13.1 mile course in 1:16:10, a personal record.

The Uptown Run 5 Mile invited racers to try and “Beat the Karhu Bear” and win a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice. Karhu, the running shoe sponsor of the event, means “bear” in Finnish. The Karhu costumed bear was local runner Edgar Martinez.

And in Dallas, ten runners beat the Karhu Bear!: Roger Clifford (men’s winner, 29:44), Brandon Summers, Andrew Bitmansour, Joshua Thompson, Melisa Christian (women’s winner, 30:14), Andy Orior, Janice Moore, Keith Driscoll, Roxana Wroblewski and Duncan Newman.

The Uptown Five Mile Run partnered with the Dallas-based Leadership Foundation, founded by Matt Nordgren. The partnership will create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience and help raise money for empowering underprivileged youth through sports and education.

The races began and finished at the AT&T Performing Arts Center where runners and their friends and families were invited to spend the morning enjoying food, music by Professor D and a post race party after the races fueled by Michelob ULTRA.

Inaugural 13.1 Dallas
Dallas, TX, Saturday, October 22, 2011

MEN
1) Daniel Kirwa (KEN), 1:05:12, $1000
2) Samuel Kosgei (KEN), 1:05:13, $500
3) Julius Kosgei (KEN), 1:07:41, $250

WOMEN
1) Justyna Mudy (POL), 1:16:10, $1000
2) Melissa Cook (USA / TX), 1:16:58, $500
3) Meagan Nedlo (USA / NC), 1:19:58, $250

For official race results and more information, go to: www.131marathon.com/13_1_Dallas.htm

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