Philadelphia, PA — The 32nd ING Philadelphia Distance Run, held this morning on a clear sunny day, was highlighted by 26-year-old Ryan Hall’s 1:01:52 victory and Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba’s remarkable seventh championship in the women’s field.
A very conservative tempo was set in the early miles of the men’s race, hitting miles in the mid-4:40’s throughout. The lead pack began to break up after 10K, leaving Hall to battle Kenya’s Ben Limo, Samuel Ndereba and Valentine Orare. Limo and Ndereba set much of the tempo over the second half of the race, continuing the consistent pace at 4:44-45 for each mile.
Hall surged at mile 12 running a 4:27 split to break away from three Kenyans, taking the lead outright into the final straightaway. The American looked smooth as he waved to the crowd across the finish line, taking his first half-marathon title of the year.
“It was tough competition but a beautiful course,” said Hall, the U.S. Half Marathon record holder. “Since I’ve been training for the marathon distance, it was hit or miss on my pace – but my legs felt great through the last mile, and overall I thought it was a fantastic race.”
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