New Course Records Set at 22nd Running of Debbie Green Memorial 5K

by Clay Shaw

WHEELING, WV, AUGUST 3, 2019—Raymond Magut of Kenya made a quick tour of the Ohio River city of Wheeling, WV.  Magut, 21, ran the Debbie Green Memorial 5K course in 13:41, faster than anyone else in the 22-year history of the race. Not to be outdone, Vicoty Chepngeno, 26, of Kenya who had tied the course record in her 2018 win, won solidly in 15:38.  Vicoty was on the heels of Master star Julius Kiptoo, who finished two seconds up in 15:36. 

Joining Magut on the podium were fellow Kenyan athletes Edwin Kibichiy (13:52), and James Ngandu (13:57).  There were ten Kenyan men in the top eleven,  Mourad Marofit of Morocco, a former Debbie Green 5K winner, was sixth in 14:17. Marofit held the previous course record of 13:46 in his 2013 victory. Max Petrosky of Pittsburgh led the USA runners, finishing twelfth in 15:58.

Pamela Cherotich was second women in 15:57, with Iveen Chepkemoi placing third in 16:22, both runners are also from Kenya.  Ethiopian runner Meseret Merine placed fifth in 16:53.  The first USA runner was Ann Mazur Robb of Charlottesville, VA.  Mazur Robb has been a regular at the race for several years, she placed 7th overall in 18:16.  The first ten women broke the 20-minute mark.  The first Master was Christine Lewis of Bridgeport, Ohio who placed 14th overall in 20:37.

The Debbie Green Memorial 5K strives to help the community and families that are battling leukemia. Ron Green and his volunteers do an excellent job of staging the event, and raising funds and awareness to fight leukemia. 

Top Men

  1. 13:41 Raymond Magut KEN
  2. 13:52 Edwin Kubichiy KEN
  3. 13:57 James Ngandu KEN
  4. 14:08 Silas Kipruto KEN
  5. 14:09 Simion Chirchir KEN
  6. 14:17 Mourad Marofit MAR
  7. 14:34 Cyrus Korir KEN
  8. 14:52 Benson Kiema KEN
  9. 14:54 Matthew Cheboi KEN
  10. 15:06 Peterson Muthoni KEN
  11. 15:36 Julius Kiptoo (42) KEN
  12. 15:58 Max Petrosky PA

Top Women

  1. 15:38 Vicoty Chepngeno KEN
  2. 15:57 Pamela Cherotich KEN
  3. 16:22 Iveen Chepkemoi KEN
  4. 16:50 Judy Cherotich KEN
  5. 16:53 Meseret Merine ETH
  6. 17:19 Esther Wanjiru KEN
  7. 18:16 Ann Mazur Robb VA
  8. 19:11 Kelsey Chambers WV
  9. 19:22 Kirsten McMichael PA
  10. 19:40 Aimee Vavrek OH
Max Petrosky of Pittsburgh placed 12th and top USA in 15:58. Pamela Cherotich of Kenya placed second among women in 15:57.
Ann Mazur Robb of Charlottesville, VA was top USA female, as she often is at the Debbie Green Memorial 5K. Ann ran 18:16, for 7th overall.
The elite men rocking the streets of Wheeling. Cyrus Korir #331, Benson Kiema #311, Raymond Magut #369, Edwin Kibichiy #730, and James Ngandu #435.
Real racing begins as it’s down to three. James Ngandu #435, Raymond Magut #369, and Edwin Kibichiy #730 head for podium spots.
Record setting Vicoty Chepnegeno of Grand Prairie, TX and Kenya won for the second straight year, and set a new CR of 15:38. Iveen Chepkemoi #81 placed third, and Pamela Cherotich #83 placed second,.
Vicoty Chepnegeno of Kenya sets new course record of 15:38 as she wins the Debbie Green Memorial 5K for second year in a row.
Hannah Kemp of Bethesda, OH going all out to break 20 minutes. Kemp ran 19:53 and placed 11th among women.
Cyrus Korir of Chapel Hill, NC and Kenya, is all business as he sprints in. Korir placed 7th in 14:34.
The Debbie Green Memorial 5K is the race for a reason. Fighting childhood leukemia. A big support group here for Nelly.
Lots of leg and arm movement as the kids race the fun run.
Cute kid in the fun run with her shades.
Miguel Encinas of Bridgeport, Ohio runs the Debbie Green Memorial 5K with the USA flag.
Brandi Brown and Brogan Brown (age 7) of Wheeling, WV, running for Team Troy are checking out the finish line on the home stretch.
Oh look what I found, a gel pack.
Zoe Zervos (age 10) races to a 22:10 5K at the Debbie Green Memorial 5K. Don’t worry, big sister had her other shoe LOL.
Batman gets the kids ready to run the fun run.
The kids fun run is supposed to be fun, and this gal is having a good time.
Kelsey Chambers of Wheeling, WV was eighth in 19:11 and second USA.
One of the perks is that 4 lucky kids that do the fun run, are randomly chosen to win bikes. This young man is quite pleased.

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