Ondoro, Bise Win Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Huddle, Chelanga Win USATF 10 Mile Titles
St. Paul, Minn. – October 4, 2015 – Dominic Ondoro of Kenya and Abraha Serkelam Bise of Ethiopia won today’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon held in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ondoro won the men’s race in 2:11:16. Bise won the women’s race in 2:31:40.
Despite a fast finish, Ondoro fell short of the 30-year-old event record he promised to break, so Phil Coppess’s mark of 2:10:05 endures for another year. Reigning Grandma’s marathon champion Elisha Barno of Kenya finished second in 2:11:39, while countryman Jacob Chemtai was third with 2:14:13.
Bise outkicked reigning Grandma’s women’s champ Jane Kibii of Kenya for the win. Kibii clocked 2:31:44. Abnet Yeshanbel Sime of Ethiopia was third in 2:32:44.
In the USATF Masters Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for the 25th straight year, Clint Wells of Boulder, Colo. won the men’s title in 2:24:00, edging five-time USATF Masters champion Mbarak Hussein by eight seconds. Jenny Schulze won the women’s masters title with 2:45:17.
Tyler Byers of Denver, Colo. won the wheelchair competition in 1:58:02. In all, 8511 finished the 34th running of the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America.
Earlier in the day, Molly Huddle of Providence, R.I. won the USATF 10 Mile Championships held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in an event record 51:44. She also won the $10,000 Equalizer Bonus in the handicapped competition between USATF Championship women and men topping Sam Chelanga of Tucson, Ariz., who won the USATF men’s title in 46:47.
Huddle won the women’s race ahead of runner-up Neely Spence of Superior, Colo. 53:03 and Alexi Pappas of Eugene, Ore. in 53:10. Chelanga outran 2014 Medtronic Twin Cites Marathon champion Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, N.C., second in 46:48, and Dathan Ritzenhein of Belmont, Mich. in 46:53.
A total of 9147 runners finished the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. All told, more than 30,000 runners participated in Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend events.
“We are so thankful to our volunteers who make the weekend possible and to our runners who choose to run with us year after year,” Twin Cities In Motion executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. “It’s an honor to be the host of this great Twin Cities tradition and community treasure.”