Obiri Sets Course Record; Ugandan Men Dominate

By Clay Shaw

New York, NY, March 19, 2023, United Airlines New York City Half Marathon—You have to be the most elite of athletes to win World Cross Country.  Hellen Obiri of Kenya, who won World Cross in Aarhus, Denmark in 2019 and just about everything on the track, ran her first United Airlines NYC Half Marathon.  Her winning time set a new course record of 1:07:21.  The Brooklyn to New York course has its share of hills, not unlike the NYC Marathon.  Last year’s champion Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia was second in 1:07:55. Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal of Norway, herself the 2021 and 2022 European Cross Country champion, was third again this year in 1:09:53.  Diane van Es of Netherlands, who ran much of the race alone, was fourth in 1:10:43.  2018 Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden of Charlevoix, Michigan was fifth and top American in 1:12:21.  Natasha Wodak of Canada was the top master and eighth overall in 1:12:33.  Wodak set the new Canadian women’s marathon mark of 2:23:12 in September 2022 at the Berlin Marathon.

If you want championship running, call the Ugandans.  Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei went one and two at the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon; Kiplimo won in 1:01:31 and Cheptegei was second in 1:02:09.  Kiplimo also won World Cross Country in Bathurst, Australia last month.  Cheptegei was third in Bathurst and was the 2019 World XC champion in Aarhus 2019, with Kiplimo earning second that year.  Zouhair Talbi of Morocco was third in New York in 1:02:18.  Ben True of West Lebanon, NH was fourth and top American in 1:02:57.  True at 37, still has a strong finishing kick, as only one second separated him from Edward Cheserek of Kenya and Andrew Butchart of Great Britain, who were both timed at 1:02:58.  Chris Thompson of Great Britain was the top master in 1:04:32.  Thompson was sixteenth after enjoying a 14-second lead through the first 5K.

Nearly 25,000 finished the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, which was quite cold at 33°F (less than 1°C for the rest of the world).  Kiplimo told us it was the coldest race he has ever run.

Women’s Finish Times

  1. 1:07:21 Hellen Obiri, 33, Kenya
  2. 1:07:55 Senbere Teferi, 27, Ethiopia
  3. 1:09:53 Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal, 32, Norway
  4. 1:10:43 Diane van Es, 23, Netherlands
  5. 1:12:21 Desiree Linden, 39, Charlevoix, MI
  6. 1:12:25 Dakotah Lindwurm, 27, Burnsville, MN
  7. 1:12:27 Molly Huddle, 38, Providence, RI
  8. 1:12:33 Natasha Wodak, 41, Canada
  9. 1:12:46 Jeralyn Poe, 25, Flagstaff, AZ
  10. 1:13:18 Erika Kemp, 28, Brookline, MA
  11. 1:13:26 Annie Frisbie, 26, Hopkins, MN
  12. 1:13:28 Jessica Warner-Judd, 28, Great Britain
  13. 1:13:45 Maggie Montoya, 27, Longmont, CO
  14. 1:16:11 Mia Behm, 33, Pelham, NY
  15. 1:18:14 Lily Anderson, 25, Brooklyn, NY

Men’s Finish Times

  1. 1:01:31 Jacob Kiplimo, 22, Uganda
  2. 1:02:09 Joshua Cheptegei, 26, Uganda
  3. 1:02:18 Zouhair Talbi, 27, Morocco
  4. 1:02:57 Ben True, 37, West Lebanon, NH
  5. 1:02:58 Edward Cheserek, 29, Kenya
  6. 1:02:58 Andrew Butchart, 31, Great Britain
  7. 1:03:00 Nico Montanez, 29, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  8. 1:03:02 Reed Fischer, 27, Boulder, CO
  9. 1:03:07 Frank Lara, 27, Boulder, CO
  10. 1:03:08 Teshome Mekonen, 27, New York, NY
  11. 1:03:10 Connor Winter, 30, Boulder, CO
  12. 1:03:20 Kennedy Kimutai, 23, Kenya
  13. 1:03:41 Manu Teferi, 31, Israel
  14. 1:03:49 Yuto Akahoshi, 21, Japan
  15. 1:04:21 Rory Linkletter, 26, Canada
  16. 1:04:32 Chris Thompson, 41, Great Britain
  17. 1:04:57 Galen Rupp, 36, Portland, OR
  18. 1:05:01 Kensuke Tsubura, 22, Japan
  19. 1:06:23 Juan Luis Barrios, 39, Mexico
  20. 1:07:21 Zachary Ornelas, 31, Ann Arbor, MI
Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda charges to the finish with a 1:01:31 victory.
Hellen Obiri of Kenya on her way to setting a new course record of 1:07:21.
Susannah Scaroni scores the lone USA win with a 55:47 to triumph in the pro wheelchair race. (Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda continues his winning ways with a 1:01:31 at the United Airlines NYC Half. (Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia was second in 1:07:55. Teferi won the NYC Half in 2022.
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda earns second place overall with a 1:02:09. Cheptegei earned the bronze at World XC in Bathurst after winning in Aarhus, Belgium in 2019.
Daniel Romanchuk of USA was second overall in the pro wheelchair race in 53:07.
Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal of Norway was third in 1:09:53. Karoline, who won the European XC Championships in 2021 and 2022, was also third in NYC in 2022.
Zouhair Talbi of Morocco earned the third podium spot with a 1:02:18.
Evan Correll of the USA was third male in the pro wheelchair race in 58:19.
Diane van Es of Netherlands ran alone nearly the entire race; she was a solid fourth in 1:10:43.
Desiree Linden of Charlevoix, MI was fifth overall and top American in 1:12:21.
Wild sprint for fourth place, and top American honors went to Ben True of West Lebanon, NH in 1:02:57. Edward Cheserek of Kenya was fifth in 1:02:58. Andrew Butchart of Great Britain was sixth in 1:02:58. Nico Montanez of Mammoth Lakes, CA was seventh in 1:03:00.
Dakotah Lindwurm of Burnsville, MN gets sixth place in 1:12:25, just ahead of Molly Huddle of Providence, RI who was seventh in 1:12:27 in her return to racing.
Natasha Wodak of Canada was eighth and top master in 1:12:33. In September 2022, Natasha set a new Canadian marathon record of 2:23:12 in Berlin.
Jeralyn Poe of Flagstaff, AZ was ninth in 1:12:46.
All out for top ten finishes. Teshome Mekonen of New York was tenth, Connor Winter of Boulder, CO was eleventh, and Frank Lara, also of Boulder, was ninth.
Erika Kemp of Brookline, MA was tenth in 1:13:18.
Annie Frisbie of Hopkins, MN passes Jessica Warner-Judd of Great Britain on the uphill home stretch. Frisbie was 11th in 1:13:26. Warner-Judd was 12th in 1:13:28.
Maru Teferi of Israel was 13th in 1:03:41.
Rory Linkletter of Canada was 15th in 1:04:21.
Chris Thompson of Great Britain earned top master with a 1:04:32 and was sixteenth.
USA Olympian Galen Rupp of Portland, OR was 17th in 1:04:57, and likely not a fan of a 33°F race morning.
Jane Bareikis of Midlothian, IL was 17th in 1:19:03.
Robert Warner-Judd of Great Britain ran 1:08:04 and Ned Trim of Brooklyn ran 1:08:05, as they were the third and fourth runners with numbered bibs and were 22nd and 23rd overall.

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