Mesfun, Rotich Victorious on Humid Morning in Philadelphia

by Clay Shaw

PHILADELPHIA, PA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019—Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea had a huge lead through much of the RnR Philadelphia Half Marathon, and although he slowed a bit towards the end, he won easily in 1:02:58.  Wilkerson Given of Atlanta, GA was second in 1:03:29.

Masters star Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, AZ was third in 1:03:02.  Noah Droddy of Boulder, CO was fourth in 1:03:35. Clayton Young of Provo, UT was fifth in 1:03:40.

Caroline Rotich of Kenya, and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico led the women in 1:11:00.  Becky Wade of Boulder, CO was second in 1:12:13.  Jordan Hasay of Portland, OR ran 1:12:35 for third in preparation for the Chicago Marathon.  Emily Setlack of Alberta, Canada was one second in back of Hasay in 1:12:36 for fourth.  Lindsay Flanagan of Louisville, CO was fifth in 1:12:48. 

The 42nd running of the former Philadelphia Distance Run had 4720 finishers in 2019, down from 6803 finishers in 2018.  This year however, there was a 5K, and in Philadelphia of course, a 7.6 mile race that shared the wide finish line separated by fencing.

Top Men

  1. 1:02:58 Daniel Mesfun ERI
  2. 1:03:29 Wilkerson Given GA
  3. 1:03:32 Abdi Abirahman (42) AZ
  4. 1:03:35 Noah Droddy CO
  5. 1:03:40 Clayton Young UT
  6. 1:03:50 Mo Hrezi LBA
  7. 1:04:01 Alex Monroe CO
  8. 1:04:23 Tiidrek Nurme EST
  9. 1:04:33 Daniel Ortiz Perez MEX
  10. 1:04:48 Matt McDonald GA
  11. 1:05:26 Grant Fischer CO
  12. 1:05:35 Jonathan Phillips MA
  13. 1:05:42 Andrew Epperson CO
  14. 1:05:46 Reid Coolsaet (40) CAN
  15. 1:06:04 Duriel Hardy PA

Top Women

  1. 1:11:00 Caroline Rotich KEN
  2. 1:12:13 Becky Wade CO
  3. 1:12:35 Jordan Hasay OR
  4. 1:12:36 Emily Setlack CAN
  5. 1:12:48 Lindsay Flanagan CO
  6. 1:13:15 Jennifer Bergman CO
  7. 1:13:32 Keira D’Amato VA
  8. 1:14:22 Maegan Krifchin VA
  9. 1:14:24 Bria Wetsch CO
  10. 1:14:34 Kelsey Bruce TX
  11. 1:14:49 Bridget Belyeu GA
  12. 1:15:39 Maria Isabel Hernandez MEX
  13. 1:16:08 Desiree Linden MI
  14. 1:16:29 Amanda Marino NJ
  15. 1:16:38 Olivia Ballew IN
Training partners are both on the podium. Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson AZ and Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea, Abdi was third in 1:03:32 and was top master. Daniel won in 1:02:58.
Alyssa Kennedy of Wyomissing PA ran 1:28:04.
Beth Dollas runs 1:31. Check out the Philly compression leg sleeves.
Bria Wetsch of Broomfield, Colorado finishes 9th in 1:14:24.
Caroline Rotich of Kenya and Santa Fe, NM wins the 2019 RNR Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1:11:00.
Clayton Young of Provo, Utah finishes fifth in 1:03:40.
Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea wins the 2019 RNR Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1:02:58.
Jordan Hasay of Portland, OR finishes third in 1:12:35, just one second ahead of Emily Setlack of Alberta, Canada (1:12:36).
Erica Green #1172, and Erin Janssen #1152 both ran 1:23. Janssen 1:23:27 and Green 1:23:41.
Franklin Mint Philadelphia, just blocks from the starting line.
Jennifer Bergman of Boulder, CO was sixth in 1:13:15.
Keira D’Amato of Midlothian, Virginia finishes 7th in 1:13:32. Keira would run an awesome 2:34 at the Berlin Marathon two weeks later.
Lindsay Flanagan of Louisville, CO leads Jordan Hasay, and Becky Wade near the five mile mark. Lindsay would finish fifth in 1:12:48.
Kayla Lampe of Philadelphia was 17th in 1:17:13 and first PA runner.

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