Kenya’s Joan Chelimo repeated as B.A.A. Half Marathon champion Sunday, winning the women’s race in 1:09:34.
Chelimo, who has now won nine half marathons in her career, bested her 2017 time by almost one second and it was her third half marathon win in less than an hour and 10 minutes.
Fellow Kenyan Daniel Chebii won the men’s race in 1:03:08. Chebii is also no stranger to winning Boston road races as he also won the 2016 B.A.A 10k. This marks the fourth consecutive year Kenyans have won both divisions of the race.
On the men’s side, Kenya’s Geofrey Koech placed second (1:03:13), one second ahead of third place finisher, Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay.
Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase finished second in the women’s race (1:09:39) and Kenyan Monica Ngige finished third (1:09:47).
Tony Nogueira won the men’s wheelchair race in 53:57 and Danvers native Carla Trodella won in the women’s wheelchair division in 3:21.04.
A total of 6,530 athletes participated in the race, which began and ended at White Stadium in Franklin Park as the route looped along the Emerald Necklace. The B.A.A. Half Marathon serves as the third and final event of the 2018 B.A.A. Distance Medley, which also includes April’s B.A.A. 5K and June’s B.A.A. 10K. A team of nearly 475 runners raised more than $600,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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