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Vicoty Chepngeno wins Equalizer Challenge at Monterey Bay Half-Marathon

Results and highlights from one of the prettiest half-marathon courses in America

The Monterey Bay Half-Marathon runs an equalizer challenge which gives females athletes a nine minutes and five seconds head start on the men’s field. This year, Vicoty Chepngeno a 26-year-old Kenyan woman, couldn’t be caught and won the race in a new course record of 1:08:03.

Second place went to Futsum Zienasellassie, 26, of Flagstaff, AZ who took the top spot for the men in 1:02:33, clocking the second-fastest men’s finish ever. Chepngeno collected an additional $3,000 for being first across the line on top of the $4,000 award for being the first female.

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In other results, Sarah Inglis (British citizen but resident of Surrey, BC) was fourth in the women’s race in 1:12:23 which is a new personal best. Inglis is the owner of the Canadian 5K all-comers record set at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in March of this year.

Monterey Bay Half-Marathon
Monterey Bay Half-Marathon 2017. Photo: Heather McWhirter.

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The 5K All-comers record-holder is a physical education teacher. She coaches track and field at some of the schools she works at, and when asked if the kids know how good of a runner she is, she says some do and it really captures their attention. “One principal told the other teachers and kids at the school that I was trying to make the Olympics and a bunch of kids came to my classroom with pens and paper for autographs. Not all of the kids know how much I run, but I will say that the ones who do really listen to me. I have this superpower over them that I’m fine with milking for a little longer.”

Full results from the half-marathon can be found here.