Numerous Records Fall At Virginia Beach Races

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 20, 2012
  • Updated May. 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM UTC
A cool ocean breeze aided runners in the Virginia Beach Half Marathon and Marathon. Photo: Virginian-Pilot

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.”

For More: Virginian-Pilot


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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