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Posted: June 28, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Lagat, Jemutai Win Hyde Park Blast

Strands, Run Ohio take Old Spice Team Challenge

From Cheryl Besl

CINCINNATI - (June 27, 2009) - Almost 5,000 participants came together in the fight against cancer as they took part in the 8th Hyde Park Blast on Saturday morning. The event included Ohio's 4 Mile RRCA Championship and a challenging course that has been recognized as one of the area's best and most scenic events.

More than 40 elite runners, the deepest field in the history of the Blast, competed in the men's field, including Wesley Korir, the 2009 LA Marathon winner. At mile 3, hit in 14:15, the top four finishers were competing for the title. Haron Lagat and Jacob Korir broke away from the pack on Handashyde Hill and were step-for-step in the lead. About 400 meters from the finish, Jacob Korir took the lead but Lagat overtook him with 100 meters remaining and edged Korir for a one second win with a nice high 5 to the finish banner.

"The Blast is a great race with a good, tough course," said Lagat, who ran 18 minutes, 49 seconds. "I love all the fans at the finish and the organizers do a great job making sure the competition is good."

The women's race, with seventeen in the field, was tight over the challenging course. Hellen Jemutai, from Kenya, finished first in 22:35, while Becky Michael and Nicole Fisher, both from Ohio, finished second (22:55) and third (23:02) respectively.

The Blast awarded overall elite prizes and a new travel award from Superclubs. This was the second year the Blast featured an elite team challenge presented by Old Spice to encourage more participation from regional and national teams.

"The Old Spice Team and Elite Challenge was over the top this year with our largest and quickest filed ever. The elite race wouldn't have been possible without them and we thank them for all their support," says Chad Sims, event co-founder. "The Superclubs trips also provided a nice bonus for the top U.S. finishers. The trips will provide some nice downtime for the winners and we thank them for the nice prizes we're able to offer our athletes."

8th Hyde Park Blast 4 Mile Cincinnati, OH, Saturday, June 27, 2009

1) Haron Lagat (KEN), 18:49, $1000
2) Jacob Korir (KEN), 18:50, $750
3) Julius Kiptoo (KEN), 19:06, $500
4) Mohamed Trafeh, (MAR) 19:14, $200
5) Jeffrey Powers, (USA / IN), 19:19, $100 plus 1st U.S. ($2500) & 5 night stay for two in Jamaica from Superclubs & 1-year gym membership at Urban Active

1) Strands: Julius Kiptoo (19:06), Josh Glaab (19:45), Ryan Woods (19:57), 58:48, $1500
2) Lex Go Jacob Korir (18:50), John Thompson (20:27), Thadler Schroeder (21:12), 1:00:29, $1000
3) Run Ohio: Matt Folk (19:21), John Ealy (19:52), Nick Cordes (21:24), 1:00:37, $500

1) Hellen Jemutai, (KEN), 22:35, $1000
2) Becki Michael (USA / OH), 22:55, $750 plus $2500 & 5 night stay for two in Jamaica
3) Nicole Fisher (USA /IN), 23:02, $500, 6-month gym membership at Urban Active
4) Leigh Daniel (USA / OH), 23:31, $200, 3-month gym membership at Urban Active
5) Denisa Costescu (ROU / MI), 23:38, $100

TEAM - Women
1) Run Ohio: Becki Michael (22:55), Nicole Fisher (23:02), Leigh Daniel (23:31), Debbie Arzola (24:15), 1:09:28, $1500
2) Cincy Track Club: Hellen Jemutai (22:35), Denisa Costescu (23:38), Christina Johnston (25:25), 1:11:38, $1000
3) Fleet Feet Louisville: Lucie Sulewski (23:48), Katie Hickey (24:33), Erin Swalley (26:20), 1:14:41, $500

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