Nearly 20,000 runners took to the streets of Virginia’s capital city.
According to Running USA, last weekend’s Richmond Marathon was more popular than ever. The three races that comprised the event — marathon, half marathon, and 8K — drew a total of 19,629 participants.
This turnout was bolstered thanks to the efforts of the National Black Marathoners Associations (NBMA), an organization that serves as a vehicle for Black Americans to meet en masse at a single marathon. The NBMA held its ninth annual gathering in Richmond. According to its web site, the NBMA has awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.
Kenya’s Sammy Too won the race, clocking 2 hours, 15 minutes and 9 seconds.
Desta Girma Tadesse of Ethiopia was the women’s winner. The 26-year-old broke the tape in 2:37:55.
Michael Tooley, who ran a 2:38:57, was the first male resident from Richmond to finish the race. Morgan Denecke was the first female (2:54:15).
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