6,000 Runners Compete in the 13th Buffalo Marathon

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BUFFALO, NY - The 13th Buffalo Marathon is now in the books, and it was a safe and successful event for the thousands of runners and spectators.

With the strong memories of the Boston Marathon bombings race organizers and participants displayed special tributes, including temporary "Boston Strong" tattoos and T- shirts to show their support and solidarity for the victims in Boston.

Colin Gleason of Elma was in Boston on that particular day and had finished the marathon about a half-hour below the explosions, and he was about three blocks away when they happened.

Still, with those terrible memories, he was determined to be here for Buffalo ... and, in a way, for Boston. "Runners aren't deterred," he said. "We're not going to be scared off by this kind of stuff."

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They also took note of the extra layers of security for today's event in Buffalo, and felt it was a good, safe setting for their athletic endeavor, whether participating in the half- or full-marathon, or as a part of a relay team, or just as a spectator along the 26.2-mile route.

Organizers say nearly 6,000 runners from around the world participated in full- and half-marathons, and four-person relay races -- a record-breaking number of runners.

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:

  1. Zerihun Ambaye Etalema of Ethiopia, 2:23:05
  2. Jason Lokwatom of Kenya, 2:31:18
  3. 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.

The top three female finishers in the marathon were:

  1. Muliye Gurmu of Ethiopia, 2:51:15
  2. Aileen Hoak of Buffalo, 2:51:22
  3. 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:

  1. Kiplangat "Kip" Tisia of Kenya, 1:07:13
  2. Andrew Foxenberg of Chittenango, NY, 1:07:32
  3. 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:

  1. Natasha Yaremczuk of Paris, Ontario, 1:19:46
  2. Genet Measso of Ethiopia, 1:20:08
  3. 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:

  1. Kevin Delaney of Arlington, MA, 2:46:55
  2. Dean Goodison of East Aurora, 2:48:33
  3. Bill Steinburg of Barrie, ON, 2:49:21

Top finishers in the Masters Marathon, female category were:

  1. Robin Fortner of Buffalo, 3:21:43
  2. Elisa Hughey of Ellicottville, 3:23:38
  3. Cynthia O'Halloran of Oakville, ON, 3:27:59

Top finishers in the Masters Half-Marathon, Male category, were:

  1. Charles Bedley of Toronto, 1:16:14
  2. Jim Park, 1:17:05
  3. Ron Saxton, 1:20:19

Top finishers in the Masters Half-Marathon, Female category, were:

  1. Lisa Bouhler of Lehigh Acres, FL, 1:28:14
  2. Kathleen Borowiak of Buffalo, 1:32:45
  3. Liz Wolf, 1:37:28

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

"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 the Buffalo Marathon Race Committee."

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.


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