New Course Record At Hartford Marathon

Abiyot Endale is the fastest runner to cover the Hartford Marathon course. Photo: Run Washington.

Abiyot Endale nearly shaved off a minute from the mark.

From: Running USA

HARTFORD, Conn. — The 19th ING Hartford Marathon hosted more than 16,000 participants, who crossed the finish line after marathon, half marathon or 5K races in downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park. Abiyot Endale, 26, an Ethiopian runner currently living in High Falls, NY, won the marathon, setting a course record of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 35 seconds and breaking the previous record (2:16:34, Moses Kemboi in 2005) by nearly a minute.

He was followed by Kenyan runner Mathew Kiplagat, of White Plains, NY, who clocked 2:17:53. New England’s Finest runner Matt Pelletier, of West Greenwich, RI, placed third in 2:19:33 and earned a $4000 bonus.

For the women, New England’s Finest runners swept the top three women’s marathon places with Hilary Dionne, 27, of Charlestown, RI, winning in 2:40:34, setting a PR in her first appearance in Hartford and taking home $7000. Defending champion Erica Jesseman, 23, Scarborough, ME was runner-up in 2:46:59. The top three women’s finishers were eligible for additional prize money as part of the New England’s Finest Elite program, which recognizes talented runners from the region.

In the half-marathon, Philemon Kiplan Terer won men’s race, covering the 13.1 mile course in 1:05:42, while countryman Benard Langat was second at 1:05:49. Terer and Langat train together in Santa Fe, NM, and are both originally from Kenya. With a time of 1:06:24, Jonny Wilson, of Falmouth, ME, took third place and was the first finisher in the New England’s Finest Elite program.

Women’s half-marathon winner Stephanie Reilly of Northbridge, MA, crossed the finish line in 1:15:40, and Katie Moulton, a New England Finest runner out of Providence, RI, was second (1:18:05), followed by Lydia Carrick, of Wilmington, DE, who took third (1:19:13).

In the 5K race, New Britain, CT runner Samuel Alexander took first place in 15:28, whileJeanne Mack, of Bristol, RI, was first woman, recording 18:03.

19th ING Hartford Marathon

Hartford, CT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

1) Abiyot Endale (ETH), 2:15:35*, $4000
2) Mathew Kiplagat (KEN), 2:17:53, $2000
3) Matt Pelletier (USA / RI), 2:19:33, $5000#
4) Chris Zablocki (USA / CT), 2:20:11, $750
5) Jared Burdick (USA / NY), 2:20:25, $500
*course record (previous record, 2:16:34, Moses Kemboi (KEN), 2005)

1) Hilary Dionne (MA), 2:40:34, $7000#
2) Erica Jesseman (ME), 2:46:59, $3500#
3) Lyndsay Willard (MA), 2:53:51, $1750#
4) Jackie Evans (MA), 3:00:37, $750
5) Maureen Terwilliger, 45, CT, 3:03:09, $500
#includes New England’s Finest bonus

19th ING Hartford Half Marathon
1) Philemon Kiplan Terer (KEN), 1:05:42, $1000
2) Benard Langat (KEN), 1:05:49, $750
3) Jonny Wilson (USA / ME), 1:06:24, $1500#

1) Stephanie Reilly (MA), 1:15:40, $1000
2) Katie Moulton (RI), 1:18:05, $1750#
3) Lydia Carrick (DE), 1:19:13, $500
#includes New England’s Finest bonus

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