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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Kenyan, American win Twin Cities Marathon

  • The times were well off course records, as the elite fields set slow paces in the early-morning cold.
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  • Kenyan Christopher Kipyego didn't let the 28-degree weather at the start of the 31st annual Twin Cities Marathon slow him down.
    Even though Kipyego never runs in such frigid conditions, he still won Sunday's race with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds.
    Kipyego, who won Grandma's Marathon in 2011, broke away from a lead pack of nine runners near the 21-mile mark and stretched his lead down St. Paul's Summit Avenue. Berhanu Girma of Ethiopia, the 2012 Grandma's champion, was second at 2:15:04, with Sean Quigley of Boulder, Colo., close behind at 2:15:05.
    Jeannette Faber of Portland, Ore., burst into tears as she crossed the finish line at the state Capitol to win the women's race with an unofficial time of 2:32:38, a personal record. Faber finished ahead of Ethiopia's Hirut Guangul, who was second at 2:34:03, and Michigan's Melissa Johnson-White, in third at 2:34:04.
    Kipyego and Faber each won $15,000 for their first-place finishes.
    The times were well off course records, as the elite fields set slow paces in the early-morning cold, the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/ThWLm1 ) reported.
    In Sunday's USA 10-mile championship, Mo Trafeh of Duarte, Calif., and Janet Bawcom of Rome, Ga., repeated as the men's and women's champions. Trafeh won in 46:56, 23 seconds faster than Ben True of Portland, Maine. Bawcom won in a time of 53:43, with Duluth native Kara Goucher finishing second at 53:56.
    The 10-mile, which started an hour before the marathon began, serves as the national championship race at that distance for both men and women. Trafeh and Bawcom each won $12,000 for their first-place finishes, and Trafeh won an additional $10,000 for repeating in the men-vs.-women Equalizer contest, making up the 6-minute, 31-second head start given the women's field.
    More than 12,000 runners competed in the Twin Cities Marathon, with a record number of 9,041 finishers. The 10-mile had a field of 9,100 runners, with 7,752 finishers, also a record.

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