A fast field lined up for the 2010 CIGNA Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 15, but Ethiopians Gebre Gebremariam and Wude Ayalew Yimer finished first in the elite results. Gebremariam and Yimer both beat a slew of Kenyans in contention for the win, with Gebremariam going 32:20 for the close win over Wilson Chebet in 32:21 and Yimer running 35:46 over second place finisher Lineth Chepkurui in 35:50.
The 38th annual Falmouth Road Race saw a filled-to-capacity field of 10,000 take on the challenging 7 mile course along New England’s cape. The 2010 Falmouth Road Race was a refreshing change of pace, with runners on the starting line greeted by In and out clouds and temperatures in the mid 60s with low humidity.
After winning the Beach to Beacon 10k last weekend, Gebre Gebremariam continued to take the New England road racing scene by storm with a sprint to the finish win over Wilson Chebet during his Falmouth debut. With top contender and NYC Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi of America pulling out of Falmouth last minute citing tender hamstrings, Gebremariam took advantage and took the race in a historically slow, yet tactical 32:20.
A squad of six Kenyans finished in the top ten today, but Ed Moran of Virginia managed to break up the powerful pack and run 32:40 for fifth place, serving as the top American. Antonio Vega of Minnesota and Sean Quigley of Pennsylvania finished eighth and ninth, respectively running 32:53 and 32:58. Moran’s performance is especially impressive given that he finished fourth in last night’s Falmouth Invitational Mile (4:02.03). Ben True of Yarmouth, ME was the first local finisher with his 33:23, 13th place result.
On the women’s side, Wude Ayalew Yimer topped tough competitor Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya. Recent road racing star Edna Kiplagat took third in 36:31, while four-time Boston Marathon winner Catherine Ndereba finished a distant fourth in 38:06. Colleen DeReuck of Colorado posted an impressive performance as the 46 year old ran 38:10 to finish as the first American. Jeannette Seckinger of Somerville, MA was the top local female with her 39:01, ninth place result.
The 2009 champions, Tilahun Regassa and Mamitu Daska were originally scheduled to return to Falmouth today to defend their titles, but both dropped out prior to the gun going off.
2010 Falmouth Road Race Men’s Results:
Gebre Gebremariam 00:32:20
Wilson Kwambai Chebet 00:32:21
Martin Lel 00:32:37
Edward Muge 00:32:40
Ed Moran 00:32:40
2010 Falmouth Road Race Women’s Results:
Wude Ayalew Yimer 00:35:46
Lineth Chepkurui 00:35:50
Edna Kiplagat 00:36:31
Catherine Ndereba 00:38:06
Colleen De Reuck 00:38:10