United States Daniel Tapia and Kenya’s Monicah Ngige won the 15th edition Monterey Bay Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Monterey, United States.
Tapia took the lead early before runners bunched up and made his move at mile 11, 53 minutes into the race. His overall pace was 05:33 minutes per mile.
The 31 year-old was chasing the course record of 1:02.32 that was set by Ian Dobson but he only managed to cut the tape in 1:03.36 and was followed by former Eritrean Futsum Zienasellassie who now trades as a USA citizen who crossed the line in 1:04.02 with Sid Vaughn JR closing the podium finish in 1:04.03.
“I knew I was ready (to win), I knew it was going to be up to me. I took it out not super-fast. I made my move at mile 11 and never looked back,” said Tapia.
Kenya’s Samuel Kosgei and Tyler Muller of United States crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 1:04.05 and 1:04.19 respectively.
In the women’s race the Kenyan took command from the 15k mark and she never looked back cutting the tape in 1:12.53 and was followed by Canadian Natasha Wodnak who came with a personal best of 1:12.27 that she got this year in Luzern crossed the line in 1:13.28. Sarah Pagano closed the top three podium finishers in 1:13.28.
Kings Kinsley Gomez and Sarah Inglis came fourth and fifth in 1:13.30 and 1:13.36 respectively.
- Daniel Tapia (KEN) 1:03.36
- Futsum Zienasellassie (ETH) 1:04.02
- Sid Vaughn JR (USA) 1:04.03
- Samuel Kosgei (KEN) 1:04.05
- Tyler Muller (GBR) 1:04.19
- Monicah Ngige (KEN) 1:12.53
- Natasha Wodnak (USA) 1:13.19
- Sarah Pagano (KEN) 1:13.28
- Kinsey Gomez (USA) 1:13.30
- Sarah Inglis (USA) 1:13.36