FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dirba, Fulton Win Carlsbad Marathon
Mutanya, Nytipei claim Carlsbad Half Marathon crowns
CARLSBAD, Calif. - (January 20, 2008) - International rivalry and heated
team spirit took to the normally laid-back streets of the seaside village
of Carlsbad during the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon held on Sunday.
Tesfaye Dirba of Ethiopia cruised to victory in the marathon, winning
uncontested in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 26 seconds, while Diona Fulton of
Somerville, Mass. won the women's division in 3:07:56.
Chargers mania was as evident as marathon mania throughout the morning as
hundreds of runners, volunteers and spectators donned blue and gold
Chargers attire. "I must have seen a couple of hundred LaDainian Tomlinson
jerseys out on the course," said Lynn Flanagan, the Carlsbad Marathon and
Half Marathon race director.
Over 9,000 elite and recreational runners from all 50 states and 10
countries participated in the sold-out events held under sunny skies with
temperatures ranging from the low 40s to the mid-60s.
Dirba, who was running his first marathon on American soil, led
wire-to-wire, his sub-2:20 finish time earning him a $1500 bonus in
addition to the $500 first place prize. Andy Martin finished second
(2:23:45) followed by Benard Songoka of Mexico (2:27:03).
Chargers fans may have outnumbered Patriots followers but they didn't
out-kick them, at least in the women's marathon. Fulton, a self-described
"Pats" fan, held her early lead even after slowing in the final miles. "I
was hoping to do a little bit better," said Fulton. "My legs started to go
numb at mile 19. They felt like trash."
Obed Mutanya of Zambia was victorious in the half-marathon race, his debut
at the distance, winning in 1:04:26. Janko Bensa of Serbia was second
(1:04:38) and Worku Beyi of Ethiopia took third (1:05:29).
Jacqueline Nytipei of Kenya dominated the women's half-marathon division
clocking a 1:11:37 victory and earning her a $2500 payday. Jane Kibii of
Kenya was the runner-up, finishing in 1:13:57.
The marathon and half-marathon courses took runners past North San Diego
County's scenic vistas and pounding ocean surf. The event benefited the
Charities in Motion Foundation.
17th Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA, Sunday, January 20, 2008
1) Tesfaye Dirba (ETH), 2:19:26, $2000 ($500 plus $1500 bonus)
2) Andy Martin (USA / CA), 2:23:45, $1250 ($250 plus $1000 bonus)
3) Benard Songoka (MEX), 2:27:03, $600 ($100 plus $500 bonus)
1) Diona Fulton (USA / MA), 3:07:56, $500
2) Alison Meadow (USA / AZ), 3:14:40, $250
3) Jolene Vanyo (USA / CA), 3:41:41, $100
1) Obed Mutanya (ZAM), 1:04:26, $1500
2) Janko Bensa (SER) 1:04:38, $750
3) Worku Beyi (ETH), 1:05:29, $300
4) David Ngetich (KEN) 1:05:45, $200
5) Marco Venancio (USA / CA) 1:06:55, $100
1) Jacqueline Nytipei (KEN), 1:11:37, $2500*
2) Jane Kibii (KEN), 1:13:57, $750
3) Dorota Gruca (POL), 1:14:24, $300
4) Buzunesh Deba (ETH), 1:17:20, $200
5) Heather Fuhr, 40, (USA / CA), 1:18:29, $100
*$1500 plus $1000 1st sub-1:15 bonus
Complete results at: CarlsbadMarathon.com