With a brisk time of 2:11:16, Dominic Ondoro of Kenya outpaced the rest of the field Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon, held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ondoro's time put him just 23 seconds ahead of his countryman and closest competitor, Elisha Barno.
Third-place finisher Jacob Chemtai made it a clean sweep for Kenya, coming in with a time of 2:14:13.
For the women, Ethiopia's Serkalem Abraha edged Kenya's Jane Kibii by just five seconds, 2:31:39 to 2:31:44. Finishing third for the women, at 2:32:43, was Simegen Yeshanbel.
Traditionally held on the first weekend in October, the Twin Cities is widely hailed as a great race. A pleasantly flat course that winds through beautiful foliage and past great views of the Mississippi and the region's numerous lakes, it is typically run during cooler temperatures.
Race organizers and supporters boast that it is the most beautiful urban marathon in the country. It attracts a field of elite international runners, and the Active Times rated it No. 5 on its own list of the top 25 marathons in the world. It's a popular weekend celebration for the two cities, and as this photo from the Minneapolis Star Tribune demonstrates, it attracts a huge field:
The race was notable this year for the fact that it was targeted by protesters hoping to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the conditions of Native American people in the local area. According to Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune, protest organizers had vowed not to interfere with the race. And per a tweet by Brandon Long, at least some racers expressed their support as they passed protesters along the route:
The top 10 male and female finishers were as follows (information from the race website):
|1. Dominic Ondoro||2:11:16|
|2. Elisha Barno||2:11:39|
|3. Jacob Chemtai||2:14:13|
|4. Abrahamm Chelanga||2:15:53|
|5. David Tuwei||2:19:57|
|6. Griffin Graves||2:20:51|
|7. Clint Wells||2:24:00|
|8. Mbarak Hussein||2:24:08|
|9. Josh Metcalf||2:24:22|
|10. Stephan Muturi||2:26:36|
|1. Serkalem Abraha||2:31:39|
|2. Jane Kibii||2:31:44|
|3. Simegen Yeshanbel||2:32:43|
|4. Sarah Kiptoo||2:35:25|
|5. Obsie Birru||2:36:53|
|6. Anna Weber||2:38:39|
|7. Elizabeth Northern||2:40:47|
|8. Amber White||2:42:09|
|9. Jenny Schulze||2:45:17|
|10. Jessica Monson||2:46:00|