More than 6,700 runners from around the world took part in the 2014 Buffalo Marathon’s full and half marathons, four-person relay race, and Inaugural John Beishline Memorial 5K Run held today, Sunday, May 25, in Buffalo. This was a record-breaking number of runners for the Buffalo Marathon.
The top three male finishers of the 26.2-mile race around Buffalo were Kenyan native Kiplangat “Kip” Tisia, who now lives in Rochester, 2:17:16; Tewodros Zewdu of Ethiopia, 2:21:05; and Birhanu Dare Kemal of Ethiopia, 2:21:19. Tisia shattered the previous course record of 2:17:55, which was set by Jacob Chamar of Kenya in 2007, and was also the winner of the Buffalo Half Marathon in 2012 and 2013.
Meanwhile, the top three female finishers in the marathon were Waynishet Abebe of Ethiopia, 2:55:08; Muliye Gurmu of Ethiopia, 3:03:12; and Alyson Dalton of Sherrill, NY, 3:03:41. Gurmu was the women’s marathon winner in 2013, and also the third overall female finisher of the 2012 Buffalo Marathon.
Male top finishers in the half marathon were Kumsa Adugna Megersa of Ethiopia, 1:06:51; Ezekiel Kiplagat, 1:06:53; and Julius Kiptoo of Kenya,1:07:07.
Female top finishers in the half marathon were Laura Hagley of Lebanon, NH, 1:18:02; Christa Meyer of Fairport, NY, 1:20:10; and Kelsey Markham of Morgantown, WV, 1:20:32. Hagley is originally from Hamburg, NY.
Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, male category were Richard Kessio of Kenya, 2:29:12; Dean Goodison of East Aurora, NY, 2:41:18; and Patrick Phillips of Lawrenceville, GA, 2:47:24.
Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, female category were Katherine Aldridge of Ithaca, NY, 3:21:49; Kelly Murphy, 3:27:59; and Melissa Schaeffer, 3:29:29.
Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, male category were Jim Park of Buffalo, NY, 1:19:29; Vince Gugino of Fredonia, NY, 1:22:50; and Billy Maloney of Buffalo, NY, 1:26:04.
Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, female category were Lisa Bouhler of Lehigh Acres, FL, 1:28:23; Maureen Callahan of Orchard Park, NY, 1:32:36; and Holly Dubbeling of Fairfax, VA, 1:35:54. Bouhler was the Masters Half Marathon winner in 2013 with a time of 1:28:14.
All runners competed for over $10,000 in prize money in the full and half marathons.
Also, overall winners of the Inaugural John Beishline Memorial 5K Run were Robert Swick of Buffalo, NY, 15:34; and Samantha Ridolfi of Lewiston, NY, 23:10. The run was launched in memory of longtime Buffalo Marathon race director John Beishline. He passed away in December, and was replaced by Tom Donnelly.
Some participants ran the full, half or four-person relay race on behalf of a charity, such as Hospice Buffalo; Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter; and research of neurofibromatosis 2.