Kosgei Triumphs At Miami Beach Half

Shadrack Kosgei dominated the roads at the Miami Beach Half Marathon last weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Each winner took home $13,100 from the $29,200 prize purse.

MIAMI — More than 3,000 runners enjoyed a revamped course at the 2013 The Allstate Life Insurance Miami Beach 13.1 Marathon on Saturday. Kenyan Shadrack Kosgei was victorious on the men’s side in an extremely close race, while Risper Gesabwa repeated as women’s champion, finishing in one hour, 12 minutes, 15 seconds.

Each winner took home $13,100 from the $29,200 prize purse, the largest of any race in Florida. The prize money is a result of the 13.1 Marathon National Championship, a rewards program designed to raise the stature of the Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 Marathon® series that includes races in New York (March 23, 2013), Chicago (June 8, 2013), Boston (September 15, 2013), Atlanta (October 6, 2013), Dallas (October 26, 2013), Fort Lauderdale (November 10, 2013) and Los Angeles (January 2014).

Kosgei barely edged runner-up Philemon Terer, winning by one-tenth of a second in a time of 1:03:15

“It was really close the whole way,” said Kosgei, 28, who is in the Kenyan army. “I was trying to push it — push, push at the end.”

Terer was tantalizingly close to first place for the second consecutive year.

“I was second last year also,” said Terer, 27, a Kenyan who won the Boston series race last year. “I was trying to win. We picked up the pace from the start, then ran side-by-side all the way up to the last mile. I tried to push, and then he won.”

The women’s race was virtually over after the two-mile mark, as Gesabwa pulled ahead and maintained the lead. Runner-up Tsehay Gebre finished two seconds back in 1:14:19.

“I’m happy, so grateful to be the champion,” said Gesabwa, a native Kenyan now living in Marietta, Ga., who also won the ING Miami Half Marathon. “I was leading. My competitors, they are strong. After two miles, when I looked behind, I didn’t see anybody. I was all alone.”

Prior to the marathon was the finish of the 5K, with Jorge Grajales (16:25), winner of the recent Tropical 5K, capturing the men’s title and Sadie Wells (19:08) winning amongst the women.

This was Grajales’ first time competing in the race. And it didn’t go without a hiccup.

“I accidentally crashed into a couple of runners after I made the U-turn,” said Grajales, 21, an FIU student. “Some other runners were on the other side of the lane coming back and I got confused.

“After the first mile I felt I had a safe enough lead – at that point I was running for time basically.”

Wells defended her 2012 title.

“This is home, I live on the beach just a few blocks away,” said Wells, a cross-fit trainer who formerly was a runner at FIU. “Two girls behind me, we ran the whole way together and the last half mile I just took off.”

Asked what he will do with the winner’s check, Kosgei said, “I will sit down with my family and discuss what to do. I have three kids – ages 9, 7 and 1-and-a-half.”

Gesabwa said she will “talk about (the winnings) with my husband, who has been training me so much for this race. Then we’ll decide what we’ll do with the money.”

Top Results

Miami, FL, Saturday, March 9, 2013

Men

1.  Shadrack Kosgei, 1:03:15, $13,100

2. Philemon Terer, 1:03:25, $1,000

3.  Tumicha Horso, 1:06:36, $500

4. Daniel Tapia, 1:08:34

5. Jon Volpi, 1:11:28

6. Nick French, 1:12:13

7.  James Kasten Jr., 1:16:08

8. Andrea Giavarini, 1:18:46

9. Patrick McClernon, 1:18:58

10. James Buchanan, 1:19:07

Women

1. Risper Gesabwa, 1:12:15, $13,100

2. Tsehay Gebre, 1:14:19, $1,000

3. Sarah Kiptoo, 1:16:19, $500

4. Alice Henley, 1:18:27

5. Nina Caron, 1:24:21

6. Guadalupe Merlos, 1:26:55

7. Vivien Wollitz, 1:28:21

8. Carmon Harvey, 1:29:00

9. Emily Ganley, 1:31:16

10. Kasey Manwaring, 1:31:19

For full results, visit http://www.131marathon.com/miamibeach/

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