Muange Repeats as Baltimore Marathon
BY CLAY SHAW
BALTIMORE, MD--Stephen Muange of Kenya, who debuted at the 2011 Baltimore Marathon with a win, repeated at the UA Baltimore Marathon on October, 13, 2012, with a three second win over Tesfaye Alemayehu of Ethiopia. Muange, who trains in Santa Fe, NM, won in a personal best of 2:13:08. Alemayehu, who lives in Antioch, CA, and trains by running up and down Mt. Diablo every day, was clocked at 2:13:11. Ernest Kebenei, who flew into Baltimore from Kenya on the Thursday before the race, was third in 2:13:50. Kenyans rounded out the top eight, with Alemayehu as the only Ethiopian man in the prize money.
Ethiopia did score a victory with the women as Elfneshe Yado edged Malika Mejdoub of Morocco by inches. Both women were timed at 2:38:46. The 2011 second place runner, Liudmila Biktasheva of Russia, ran nearly ten minutes slower in 2012; an off day still had her on the podium in third in 2:39:14. Volha Mazuronak of Belarus was fourth in 2:40:06, and Rose Jebet of Kenya in fifth with a personal best of 2:40:23, as women from five different countries placed in the top five. Masters titles were earned by Eric Grossman of VA in 2:33:39, and Shawna Jones of NC in 3:07:47.
Yours truly has been the elite athlete coordinator of the Baltimore Marathon from its debut in 2001. I would like to thank the wonderful host families that house many of the athletes, as well as my assistants, Carolyn and Steve Mather from Georgia, my good friend Jan Workinger, and my wife Karen Mitchell (who also photographs). October 12 is the 2013 date.
1. Stephen Muange 2:13:08
1. Elfneshe Yado 2:38:46