Runners got a huge tailwind to help them out.
If there was ever a weekend to run the Virginia Beach Marathon and Half Marathon it was last weekend. Thanks to a strong tailwind, numerous course records were broken.
Hellen Jemutai of Kenya won the women’s half marathon in one hour, 11 minutes, and 27 seconds, shattering the old record by over three minutes.
In the men’s Masters division, a Russian, Viacheslav Shabunin, clocked 1:06:42 for a two-minute improvement over the old record.
Tesfaye Alemayehu of Ethiopia won the open division in 63:38, while Anzhelika Averkova prevailed in the women’s Masters division category.
“The conditions were perfect … right on,” said Jemutai through a translator. She added that she had been using the half marathon to prepare for the marathon, which will be a debut.
She added that the tailwinds posed no problems.
“No impediment,” she said. “Coming to the finish I was sure I was going to get the course record. This is a good finish for me in my program.”
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