Ethiopian man, Penn-Trafford grad win marathon
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Kassahun Kabiso, a 25-year-old from Ethiopia who now lives in Washington, D.C., won the men's portion of the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon, turning in a time of 2:22.51 and outkicking Columbus, Ohio, native Jim Jurcevich, 32, who completed the 26.2 miles just steps behind, at 2:22.54.
It was a homecourse victory in the women's field, as 2000 Penn-Trafford graduate Kristin Price, 27, who now lives in Raleigh, N.C. easily finished first in 2:36.33, with Phebe Ko, 26, from Baltimore second at 2:41.42.
Ms. Price was a former standout distance runner at North Carolina State University.
The marathon got under way this morning, promptly at 7:30 a.m., as the approximate 10,500 runners began their 26.2-mile journey by crossing the start line on Smallman Street in the Strip District.
The runners, clad in everything from tank tops to sweatshirts and some beginning their trek in a sprint while others got their day going with a steady jog, passed through a gauntlet of fans in the opening few steps of their trip.
Temperatures for the race were in the low 50s with periodic rain showers, generally considered good weather for distance runners. The weather and the early start time may have combined to hold down crowds along the race route, which were fairly sparse in some neighborhoods.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
First Published May 3, 2009 8:05 am