Record-Breaking Number of Runners Take Part in 2013 Buffalo Marathon

May 26, 2013 Updated May 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

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Record-Breaking Number of Runners Take Part in 2013 Buffalo Marathon

May 26, 2013 Updated May 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY – Almost 6,000 runners from around the world took part in the 2013 Buffalo Marathon’s full and half marathons, and four-person relay race, held today, Sunday, May 26, in Buffalo. This was a record-breaking number of runners for the Buffalo Marathon, and several of the top marathon finishers are from Western New York.

The top three male finishers of the 26.2-mile race around Buffalo were Zerihun Ambaye Etalema of Ethiopia, 2:23:05; Jason Lokwatom of Kenya, 2:31:18; and Steve Bohan of Boston, NY, 2:36:00. Lokwatom was also the winner of the 2009 Buffalo Marathon with a time of 2:24:43.

Meanwhile, the top three female finishers in the marathon were Muliye Gurmu of Ethiopia, 2:51:15; Aileen Hoak of Buffalo, 2:51:22; and Katie Sanders of Buffalo, 2:54:43. Gurmu was also the third overall female finisher of the 2012 Buffalo Marathon with a time of 2:59:22.

Male top finishers in the half marathon were Kiplangat “Kip” Tisia of Kenya, 1:07:13; Andrew Foxenberg of Chittenango, NY, 1:07:32; and Samuel Morse of Camden, NY, 1:07:50. Tisia also won the 2012 Buffalo Half Marathon in 1:05:08.

Female top finishers in the half marathon were Natasha Yaremczuk of Paris, Ontario, 1:19:46; Genet Measso of Ethiopia, 1:20:08; and Karen Blodgett of Fairport, NY, 1:21:41. Yaremczuk was also top female finisher of the 2012 Buffalo Half Marathon in 1:21:30

Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, male category were Kevin Delaney of Arlington, MA, 2:46:55; Dean Goodison of East Aurora, 2:48:33; and Bill Steinburg of Barrie, ON, 2:49:21.

Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, female category were Robin Fortner of Buffalo, 3:21:43; Elisa Hughey of Ellicottville, 3:23:38; and Cynthia O’Halloran of Oakville, ON, 3:27:59.

Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, Male category were Charles Bedley of Toronto, 1:16:14; Jim Park, 1:17:05; and Ron Saxton, 1:20:19.

Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, Female category were Lisa Bouhler of Lehigh Acres, FL, 1:28:14; Kathleen Borowiak of Buffalo, 1:32:45; and Liz Wolf, 1:37:28.

All runners competed for over $10,000 in prize money in the full and half marathons.

Also, Matt West of Little Chute, WI, proposed to Sarah Currie, his girlfriend of one-and-a-half years, at the Buffalo Marathon’s finish line. He carried the ring for the entire 26.2-mile run, his twentieth marathon, and she said “yes.” A photo and video of the proposal are available for use on the Buffalo Marathon’s Facebook fan page.

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.

“We’ve seen wonderful growth in the Buffalo Marathon, as registrations are up more than 15 percent from last year,” said John Beishline, race director of the Buffalo Marathon. “We’d like to thank the event’s sponsors, approximately 1,000 volunteers, and Buffalo Marathon Race Committee. Without their support, we wouldn’t have a race. Congratulations to all of our runners, and we look forward to seeing them again next for next year’s Buffalo Marathon,” he added.

Approximately 1,000 volunteers contributed their time and efforts to the Buffalo Marathon, helping out with traffic control, handing out water at water stops, and assisting with the post-race party, among other tasks.