Kitata Runs Alone to Take the Philly RnR Half

By Clay Shaw

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Flat and fast course at the Philly RnR Half Marathon on September 16, 2018, but rather humid.  One man went out and blitzed the course in 59:16. Shura Kitata of Ethiopia ran all alone for the entire race, winning by nearly four minutes. Parker Stinson of Eugene, OR was second in 1:03:01, with Cam Levins of Canada finishing third in 1:03:09.  Rio Olympics Medalist, Feyisa Lilesa was fifth in 1:04:04, and was welcomed by hordes of supporters.  Remember his protest (against the Ethiopian Government in 2016), as he finished second in the Olympic Marathon?  Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, AZ was the top Masters and sixth overall in 1:04:06.

Desiree Linden of Michigan was the women’s champ in 1:11:48.  Kellyn Taylor of Flagstaff, AZ was second in 1:12:06.  Roberta Groner from NJ was third overall and top Masters, in a 1:12:20 PB.  Former U of New Hampshire star and Australian citizen Rosie Donegan ran 1:13:27 in her debut at the distance, good for fifth overall.


  1. 59:16 Shura Kitata  ETH
  2. 1:03:01 Parker Stinson OR
  3. 1:03:29 Cam Levins  CAN
  4. 1:03:26 Panuel Mkungo  KEN
  5. 1:04:04 Feyisa Lelisa  ETH
  6. 1:04:06 Abdi Abdirahman (41) AZ
  7. 1:04:13 Mohamed Hrezi LBA
  8. 1:04:33 Jarrett LeBlanc  LA
  9. 1:04:36 Daniel Kemoi  KEN
  10. 1:05:12 Reece Edwards AUS
  11. 1:05:17 Berhanu Dare  ETH
  12. 1:05:33 Ian Lamere WI
  13. 1:06:34 Lucas Stalnaker MD
  14. 1:06:58 Mark Leininger NJ
  15. 1:07:08 Oscar Medina CA


  1. 1:11:48 Desiree Linden MI
  2. 1:12:06 Kellyn Taylor AZ
  3. 1:12:40 Roberta Groner (40) NJ
  4. 1:12:46 Kinsey Middleton  CAN
  5. 1:13:27 Rosie Donegan  AUS
  6. 1:13:39 Sarah Pease TX
  7. 1:13:46 Kaitlyn James AZ
  8. 1:14:13 Anne-Marie Blaney  FL
  9. 1:14:27 Sarah Sellers  AZ
  10. 1:14:55 Ivette Mejia   NY
  11. 1:15:22 Olivia Pratt  WI
  12. 1:15:30 Vianney DeLaRosa  MEX
  13. 1:16:12 Amanda Marino  NJ
  14. 1:16:29 Julia Roman-Duval  MD
  15. 1:17:22 Nicolette Mateescu  NJ
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Samantha Creath 34th female

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Rosie Donegan AUS 5th female

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Parker Stinson 2nd male

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Olivia Pratt WI 12th female

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Julia Roman Duval Maryland 14th female

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Julia Roman Duval Maryland 14th female

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Desiree Linden Michigan 1st female RNR Half

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Annemarie Blaney MI 8th female

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Shura Kitata ETH wins in 59:16

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Rosie Donegan AUS 5th female

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Roberta Groner New Jersey 3rd female 1st master

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Roberta Groner 57 Rosie Donegan 60 Olivia Pratt 96

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Parker Stinson and Panuel Mkungo

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Nicolette Mateescu, Deanna Ardrey, and Julia Roman Duval

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Kaitlyn James AZ 7th female

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Feyisa Lilesa ETH 5th male

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Feyisa Lilesa and Clay Shaw

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David Kemoi, Cam Levins, Feyisa Lilesa

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Cam Levins Canada 3rd male

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