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Posted: October 7, 2019:  

Athletics: Ondoro Wins Unprecedented Fourth Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Title

Sara Hall wins Third-Straight USATF 10 Mile Championships

St. Paul, Minn. - October 6, 2019 - Event record-holder won an unprecedented fourth Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon menís title with a 2:12:23 victory in the 38th annual race from Minneapolis to St Paul.

Ondoro won comfortably over fellow Kenyan Denis Chirchir, second in 2:13:50, and St. Paul native and current Minneapolis resident Danny Docherty, who clocked 2:15:55.

In the womenís race, Julia Kohnen of Florissant, Mo., won her first Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon title in 2:31:29. She outran Burnsvilleís Dakotah Lindwurm, second in 2:32:49, and 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon runner-up Heather Lieberg, third in 2:34:07.

Breaking his own record was on Ondoroís mind, but his back rebelled. ""I was running easily, but around 20K, I felt something in my [lower back], so no record, he said. ""I hope next year I can try my best. Itís exciting. I like the way the people here interact with us. They cheer us very well.""

Kohnen was happy with her first Twin Cities race. ""Itís a really good feeling to have a fast time under my belt now,"" she said. ""The weather plays a huge factor, and we couldnít have gotten luckier today. Itís so fun, the neighborhoods are absolutely gorgeous.""

Pushrim wheel chair defending champion Hermin Garic of Utic, N.Y. won his in 1:44:21.

In the USATF 10 Mile Championships held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, Sara Hall of Flagstaff, Ariz. won her third consecutive title in 53:11, six seconds faster than Mekena Morley of Boulder, Colo., a student-athlete at Colorado University. Burnsvilleís Katy Jermann was third at 53:44.

Futsum Zienasellassie of Flagstaff, Ariz. won the menís championship in 46:55, edging former Minnesota resident Abbabiya Simbassa of Colorado Springs, Colo., second in 46:57 and Connor McMillan or Provo, Utah, third in 46:58.

Hall and Zienasellassie each won $12,500 for winning their USATF titles, and Zienasellassie earned an additional $10,000 by winning the equalizer bonus in the competition where the women are given a head-start over the men.

Shockingly, Hallís win came just a week after running a personal best marathon of 2:22:16 in Berlin. ""Iíve never raced a week after a marathon, Iíve raced two weeks after, so this is uncharted territory. But since I love this race, I thought Iíd give it a shot to try to win again.""

Zienasellassie was elated with his win. ""For me, this is a dream come true, so Iím really happy. It took a lot of peopleís hard work that brought me here to the point Iím at right now.""

The Medtronic TC 10 Mile saw a record 11,042 finished the 21st running. The marathon saw 6735 complete the 26.2 mile course.

Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) is the regionís premier running event company. Its mission is simple - ignite everyoneís inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes 27 races throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. marathon, to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and experiences to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Collectively, TCM and its charity partners that fundraise at TCM events give back more than $1.1 million annually to a variety of causes. For more information, visit us at TCMEvents.org, or find us on Facebook and Twitter @tcmarathon.


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