Cold 35th Tulsa Run has exciting photo finish
BY MIKE AVERILL World Staff Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
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It was a neck and neck race at Saturday's 35th annual Tulsa Run with four runners charging into the finish line.
Julius Kogo and Samuel Ndereba, both from Kenya, finished the 15K race with official times of 44 minutes and 36 seconds with Kogo winning by a stride.
Robert Letting, a fellow Kenyan who trains out of Albuquerque, N.M., finished third with a 44:38 time.
"The last mile each of us were pushing very hard. We were pushing each other," Kogo said. "At the very end I pushed to the finish line... It was very difficult. I just had to push."
Kogo, who trains in North Carolina, said he liked the course, however with a temperature of 33 degrees at the start of the race he said the weather was a little cold for him.
"I have never run in weather like this," he said.
The first woman to cross the finish line was Hellen Jemutai, a Kenyan who also trains in North Carolina, who finished with a 51:13 time.
She was followed by Kellen Johnson, from Flagstaff, Ariz., with a 52:04 time and Tulsan Kristen Radcliff, who finished third at 52:53.
Radcliff, who is finishing her masters at Oral Roberts University, once raced collegiately but never ran a 10K so she didn't know what to expect with a 15K.
"It seemed pretty intimidating," she said.
Yet she beat her set goal by two minutes and ran faster than she did pace-wise while she was in college.
"You couldn't ask for a better day," she said.
The first-place finishers in the 15K race each won $5,000, second place got $2,000 and third place received $1,000.
The first Oklahoman to cross finish was Silas Kisorio of Edmond who finished ninth.
Colby Lowe was the first American to cross the finish line. Lowe, a celebrated runner from Oklahoma State University who now trains in Michigan, finished fifth with a 44:49 time.
"I think I ran an excellent race. I wanted to get back here and run close to home," Lowe said. "It felt good. It was a perfect day."
In addition to the 15K race, the Tulsa Run also held a 5K race, a 2K fun run, a 5K wheelchair race and 15K race for race-walkers.
Nearly 10,000 competed in the races, said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission.
"With the Route 66 Marathon and us, we're really helping to brand Tulsa as a running destination," he said.
This year's course was different from previous years, starting at Seventh Street and Boulder Avenue down to Riverside Drive then south to a turnaround at 53rd Street.
The runners then went back north on Riverside to Boston Avenue for the final uphill mile named in honor of longtime Tulsa Run public announcer Jack Wing.
"The course is mostly back to the original course. We wanted to do that for the 35th Anniversary," Hoyt said.
Dr. Alan Kaneshige, who worked in the medical tent, said there were 10 or fewer runners treated, mostly for low blood sugar and dehydration.
"Most the people came very prepared," he said. "This was a really good year."
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The elite runners race south on Boulder Avenue during the 35th Tulsa Run Saturday. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Julius Kogo (8715) sprints ahead of Robert Letting (8724) towin the 15k men’s race of the 35th annual Tulsa Run.BRETT ROJO/for the Tulsa World
Hellen Jemutai crosses the finish line to win the women’s 15krace of the 35th annual Tulsa Run. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Runners make their way to the finish line on Boston Avenue during the 35th Tulsa Run on Saturday. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World