Kenyan Stephen Kosgei Kibet held off Maine native and defending champion Ben True to claim the men’s title on Saturday (5) at the special 20th edition of the iconic American road race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Kibet, 30, was the runner up at the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon, finishing just ahead of True that year as well, before he returned to win in 2015, a year in which True was absent.
True, 31, a North Yarmouth native who lives and trains in West Lebanon, N.H., has now touched all levels of the podium in the elite race at the TD Beach to Beacon, notching a third-place finish (2014), a first (2016) and a second this year. In addition to $5,000 in prize money for placing second, True collected an additional $5,000 as the first American finisher.
After Kiplomo-Barsoton, Stephen Sambu, 29, of Kenya, finished fourth (28:16), with Clement Kiprono-Langat of Kenya in fifth (28:42). Abdi Abdirahman, 40, a four-time U.S. Olympian, placied sixth in 28:46, setting a new course record for the Masters Division, breaking Andrew Masai’s record 29:11 in 2000.
Americans Aaron Braun (29:00) and Jonathan Grey (29:10) followed in seventh and eighth, while Canadian Olympian Cameron Levins (29:24) and Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia, who won bronze at 10,000m at the 2012 London Olympics, rounded out the top 10.