Kenya’s Chepkuri Sets WR at Bay to Breakers 12K

Chepkurui Sets World Record at ING Bay to Breakers
Kitwara defends race title at 99th edition of the
Bay Area classic

SAN FRANCISCO – (May 16, 2010) – The 99th ING Bay to
Breakers 12K
, one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, made history
on Sunday morning with Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya finishing in 38 minutes,
7 seconds, a pending world record, over the point-to-point 7.46 mile USATF
certified course. Kenyan Sammy Kitwara, 23, became a back-to-back race
champion in 34:15 as he edged countryman Peter Kirui (same time). Last
year, Kitwara won and tied the 12K world record in 33:31.

Chepkurui, 22, who broke her own world record of 38:10 set
two weeks ago at the Lilac Bloomsday, also collected the $25,000 ING Battle
to the Breakers bonus
as the first runner to break the finish tape. The
professional women were given a 4 minute, 51 second head start – based on the
course record differential (33:31 vs. 38:22) – over the field. In addition, the
2008 race champion earned the $5000 Hayes Street Summit bonus and a $3000
course record bonus for a total race payout of $40,000.

Defending champion Kitwara also won the Hayes Street Summit
bonus and took home a total of $12,000.

The top Americans were Scott Bauhs of Mammoth Lakes,
CA and 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy-Boulet from Oakland in 6th (35:55)
and 7th (41:39), respectively, and each pocketed $1000.

The famed “Human Centipede” team races were won by
LinkedIn (men) and ASICS Aggies (women) in 37:58 ($500) and 48:44
($500), respectively.

“The ING Bay to Breakers race continues to attract world
class athletes and today’s new world record set is a great example of the talent
we see each year,” said Angela Fang, general manager of ING Bay to
Breakers. “We can’t wait until the race’s 100th anniversary next year which, if
today is any indication, will be as record-breaking and exciting as this year.”

ING Bay to Breakers 12K supports numerous beneficiaries in
the Bay Area, including the ING Run for Something Better, a national
campaign that funds free, school-based running programs and introduces kids to
the benefits of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices; Breathe
, which works to reduce the impact of lung disease through
prevention, education, advocacy and patient services and other local
organizations. Additionally, race registration fees help support local San
Francisco high school sports.

99th ING Bay to Breakers

San Francisco, CA, Sunday, May 16, 2010

1) Sammy Kitwara (KEN), 34:15, $12,000
2) Peter
Kirui (KEN), 34:15, $3000
3) Tilahun Regassa (ETH), 35:30, $2000
Tesfaye Sendeku (ETH), 35:59, $1250
5) Ridouane Harroufi (MAR), 35:55,
6) Scott Bauhs (USA / CA), 35:55, $1000 (top U.S.)
7) Simon Ndirangu
(KEN), 36:14
8) Gilbert Okari (KEN), 36:14
9) James Kipketer (KEN),
10) Josh Moen (USA / MN), IA 36:47, $500
11) Jeff Eggleston (USA /
AZ), 36:51, $250
15) Charlie Serrano (USA / CA), 37:59, $750 (top Bay

1) Lineth Chepkurui (KEN), 38:07*, $40,000
Emily Chebet (KEN), Kenya 38:41, $3000
3) Mamitu Daska (ETH), 39:34,
4) Jelliah Tinega (KEN), 40:14, $1250
5) Caroline Rotich (KEN),
40:37, $750
6) Jane Kibii (KEN), 41:05
7) Magdalena Lewy-Boulet (USA /
CA), 41:39, $1750 (top U.S. & Bay Area)
8) Kate O’Neill (USA / CA),
41:52, $500
9) Annie Bersagel (USA / CA), 41:57, $250
10) Clara
Horowitz-Peterson (USA / CA), 42:16
*pending world record (previous record,
38:10, Lineth Chepkurui (KEN), Lilac Bloomsday, May 2, 2010); also course record
(previous, 38:22, Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR), 2005)

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