Posted by: Joe English | April 26, 2009

Races — Country Music sees record heat, numbers

NASHVILLE — On a day with unseasonably warm temperatures, the most common word that runners and walkers used to describe the 2009 Country Music Marathon: “hot”. With registered participants in the full and half marathons topping 32,000, the streets of Nashville were crowded on a day that saw the temperatures rise well into the mid-80s.

On the competitive front, the race was staged in a “Battle of the Sexes” format the sent the women off on their own 18 1/2 minutes ahead the men with a $10,000 prize premium for the overall winner of the race. However, the small field of seven women were all overtaken by the early 20 miles as the men’s field charged ahead at a blistering pace.

The race was won by Keyan Amos Matui in 2:13:14 in a time that was 45 seconds slower than the course record, still held by former marathon world champion Luke Kibet. Alphonce Yatich Kibor had set the pace through much of the race, by Matui and
Matui’s younger brother Noah Tatum worked hard to reel him in from more than a minute lead. Matui caught and passed Kibor in the 25th mile.

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