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Posted: September 20, 2017:  

Athletics: Boniface Kongin and Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel Emerge Victorious at Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

More than 1100 participants enjoyed the destination half marathon, 5k and one mile events

SANTA FE, N.M.--Boniface Kongin and Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel brought the thunder at the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, taking first place in the menís and womenís fields. Kongin crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03:15. Yeshanbel completed the race in a time of 1:12:27. The Race Different boasted more than 1100 runners from close to 40 states and 10 countries. Race results are now available at DGRoadRacing.com.

Nelson Oyugi and Pat Smyth finished second and third in the menís field. The top male finishers truly raced their way to the 13.1 mile mark, finishing within just steps of one another. Gadise Megersa and Susan Tanui rounded out the top finishers for the women in second and third place, displaying outstanding endurance and speed.

The Race Different features a point to point course from Ft. Marcy in Santa Fe, down the Old Taos Highway, past the Tesuque Village Market and Camel Rock, through the Tesuque Pueblo and finishes at the magnificent Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Runners enjoy African drummers at the start and finish lines, live music along the course and participate alongside champion Tarahumara ultra marathoners. The Lighting 5K and 1 Mile Fitness Walk welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities on a beautiful off-road course. Buffalo Thunder Resort was the Official Race Hotel for the 2017 event.

For more information about Global Running Culture, visit GlobalRunningCulture.org. For more information on the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, visit SantaFeThunder.com. For the latest updates, follow the race on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

Santa Fe Thunder is a destination running event established by Global Running Culture to generate funding for its projects and to provide the opportunity for runners across the nation and the world to enjoy Santa Feís beauty, culture, history and delicious food while challenging themselves on a high altitude, 1,000-foot net downhill point-to-point course. Race weekend features the Global Running Festival, a Gathering of Messenger pasta dinner, the Lightning 5k and half marathon distance running events, and a post-race party at Buffalo Thunder Resort. The 2017 even took place on Sept. 17. The date for the 2018 event will be announced soon. For more information about Global Running Culture, visit GlobalRunningCulture.org. For more information on the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, visitSanteFeThunder.com. For the latest updates, follow the race on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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