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Posted: July 4, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Kitwara And Chepkurui Win Big Bonus At Peachtree

From David Monti

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Kenyans Sammy Kitwara and Lineth Chepkururi not only won their first Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Races today, but will share in the $35,000 Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) bonus. This means each athlete will take away $32,500 in prize money and bonuses from the Peachtree, America's largest 10-K.

According to a story posted to the website of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kitwara clocked 27:21, the fastest winning time at Peachtree since Kenyan Joseph Kimani set the course record of 27:04 in 1996. It was Kitwara's first appearance at Peachtree, and his fifth consecutive road racing victory. Chepkurui's finish time was not reported.

The PRRO bonus was available to any athlete who won one of the previous PRRO circuit races in the 2008/2009 season, and then won the Peachtree, the series final. Kitwara won the World's Best 10-K last February and Chepkurui won both the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Miler and the Lilac Bloomsday 12-K in April and May, respectively.

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