Machichim, Ivanova Go The Distance At Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

Nixon Machichim breaks the tape at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon in 2:10:03. Photo:

American Jeffrey Eggleston finishes eighth in deep men’s race. 


SAN DIEGO –  Nixon Machichim of Kenya broke away with a little over two miles remaining and won the men’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 3 seconds on Sunday.  Russia’s Alevtina Ivanova also made a late burst and won the women’s marathon in 2:27:44. The men’s and women’s elite marathon winners each earned $25,000.

More than 30,000 entrants from all 50 states and 40 countries were greeted with ideal running weather Sunday morning at the 15th annual event, which also included a half marathon.

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The men’s marathon was a competitive race, with about a half-dozen runners still in contention with just over 2 miles remaining. Machichim took charge and won by 11 seconds over second-place finisher Desta Gebrehiwot of Ethiopia (2:10:14).

“I was ready to go,” Machichim said. “I was expecting to run 2:09. But the last half of the course was hard.  I don’t like the hills, I like to run on a straight course.”

Jeffrey Eggleston of Flagstaff, Arizona was the top American in eighth place, running 2:13:13, just one second off his personal best.

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Ivanova had not planned to run in San Diego, joining the women’s marathon field only about two weeks ago. Her original plan was to run in Ottawa on May 27, but that race fell through when she couldn’t obtain a Canadian visa (she has a U.S. visa).

A translator said the 37-year-old Ivanova liked the cool conditions in San Diego. “She said she was very happy because it is difficult for Russians to run in the heat,” the translator said.

Meseret Legesse of Ethiopia finished second at 2:28:01, with Woynishet Girma of Ethiopia coming in third at 2:33:59. Whitney Patton of San Marcos, Calif., was the top American, in eighth at 2:49:50.

The 16th Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is set for Sunday, June 2, 2012.

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