The Kenyan led 25,000 runners across the finish line at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen.
SAN ANTONIO – The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen celebrated its 5-year birthday in style on Sunday morning when more than 25,000 entrants from all 50 states and 22 countries took to the city’s downtown streets.
No runner arrived at the start line with better credentials than Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, who is undefeated in five races this year, including victories at the Paris Marathon (2:05:11) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:00:03). Biwott arrived in San Antonio through New York City, where he was a favorite to win the ING New York Marathon last Sunday before it was canceled last weekend after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region. He was the first to cross the finish line outside the Alamodome, winning the men’s half marathon in 1 hour, 1 minute and 9 seconds, breaking the previous event record of 1:02:50 set by U.S. Olympian Brian Sell in 2008.
“This was a good test for me, I knew that I could do something in New York,” said Biwott, who was acknowledging the cheering spectators and bands throughout the route. “I liked the spectators and I like San Antonio. They cheer for me a lot.”
Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas was first in the women’s half marathon, finishing in 1:18:09. A 1,500-meter specialist on the track, it was her second consecutive half-marathon victory after winning the Allstate Life Insurance Dallas 13.1 Marathon two weeks ago.
San Antonio resident Jose Munoz emerged victorious in the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds. The 27 year-old took the lead at the 17-mile mark, passing Kenyan Abraham Rutto, who finished second with a time of 2:33:03.
“When I passed him I told him to come up beside me and run with me,” Munoz said following the race. “But he said, ‘No, man, you’re too strong.’ Once he told me that, I said, ‘This is mine.’”
Cross-country coach Elizabeth Eder, a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, won the women’s marathon in 3:06:20. She was followed by Erin Ruyle of Georgetown, who finished in second at 3:15:46. Like Biwott, Eder wasn’t supposed to be in San Antonio. She had also been scheduled to run the New York City Marathon last weekend.
This year’s event marked the 5th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon in San Antonio. Over the event’s 5-year history in San Antonio, runners have raised nearly $6 million for charity and out of town visitors have pumped millions more into the local economy.