BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Thousands of runners took to the streets of Buffalo Sunday morning for the Buffalo Marathon.
According to a release from marathon officials, approximately 5,200 runners from around the world took part in the 2012 Buffalo Marathon’s full and half marathons, and four-person relay race, which was held today, Sunday, May 27, in Buffalo. Both the male and female master’s marathon course records were broken, and several finishers are from Western New York.
The top three male finishers of the 26.2-mile race around Buffalo were Josephat Ongeri of Kenya, 2:20:26; Dereje Hailegiois of Ethiopia, 2:20:43; and Peter Omae of Kenya, 2:21:03.
Meanwhile, the top three female finishers in the marathon were Elena Orlova of Russia, 2:43:48; Heather McWhirter of Glenwood, NY, 2:45:33; and Muliye Gurmu of Ethiopia, 2:59:22. Orlova also won the Buffalo Marathon in 2009 and set a course record that year.
Male top finishers in the half marathon were Kiplangat Tisia of Kenya, 1:05:08; Jacob Krolick of Arcade, NY, 1:09:04; and David Rappleyea of Henrietta, NY, 1:11:20.
Female top finishers in the half marathon were Natasha Yaremczuk of Paris, Ontario, 1:21:30; Anya Bogdantes of Alpine, NY, 1:23:59; and Julie Bergfeld of St. Louis, MO, 1:26:17.
Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, male category were Jae Yung Hyung of South Korea, 2:25:59; Doug Cassidy, 2:25:19; and James Derick of Big Flats, NY, 2:38:32. Hyung broke the master’s male course record, which was set in 2001 by Dr. David O’Keeffe of Orchard Park, NY at 2:29:24.
Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, female category were Yasuhiro Makoshi of New York, NY, 3:03:12; Zarah Dehnashi of Mississauga, Ontario, 3:24:32; and Rene Harrod of Weston, FL, 3:28:59. Orlova, the top overall female finisher for the marathon, ran the race in the master’s category, and broke the master’s women record for the course, which was 2:57:32, set by Leslie Carson in 2004.
Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, Male category were Scott Simon, 1:21:08; Tim Dwyer, 1:22:09; and Matthew Zinno, 1:23:57.
Top finishers in the Masters Half Marathon, Female category were Carmel Cerullo-Beiter, 1:35:10; Maureen Callahan, 1:35:23; and Christine Quenneville, 1:37:31.
All runners competed for over $10,000 in prize money in the full and half marathons.
Also, some participants ran the full, half or four-person relay race on behalf of a charity, such as Hospice Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, and research of neurofibromatosis 2.
“The Buffalo Marathon is up more than 20 percent in registrations from last year,” said John Beishline, Race Director of the Buffalo Marathon. “Thank you to the sponsors, 1,000-plus volunteers, and Buffalo Marathon Race Committee. Without their support, we wouldn’t have a race. Congratulations to all of the runners, and we look forward to seeing them again next for next year’s Buffalo Marathon,” he added.
Over 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.
Channel 7 had a corporate relay team entered with morning co-anchor Ginger Geoffery, weekend anchor Kendra Eaglin, account executive Sally Panepinto, and news operations manager John Di Sciullo.
Channel 7's Jason Gruenauer will have a complete report on Eyewitness News.