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World Class Runners in First Annual Newport 10K Race

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Posted by GET NJ on August 08, 2004 at 17:12:32:

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Originally appeared in the July / August 2004 issue of Newport News

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The first annual Newport 10K Run – a 10,000 kilometer race for $10,000 in prize money --“hit the ground running” on Saturday, May 8th. Organized with the help of On Your Mark Productions, a road race producing company, the Newport race attracted more than 250 runners, including several high-profile, Olympic qualifying athletes, such as Nelson Kiplagat, Patrick Nthiwa, Henry Kipchirchir, Kimberly Saddic, and Maria Buseinei, and a horde of spectators who enjoyed the event and the glorious weather.

“The Newport ‘10,000’ provides a unique urban setting for both recreational and elite professional runners,” said Jamie LeFrak, Newport’s Managing Director. “New Jersey residents who aren’t directly participating in the race can experience it as spectators, while enjoying Newport’s many amenities, such as The Restaurants at Newport and the beautiful Waterfront Walkway. This is a great addition to an already impressive line-up of outdoor, community-driven events taking place in Newport this Spring and Summer. ”

Starting on Washington Boulevard and Gangemi Drive, the race took runners through a USATF (United States of America Track & Field) certified course along the Hudson River Waterfront and on flat local roads, finishing on Pavonia Avenue by Newport Town Square. A post-race event featured refreshments, music, gift bags and prize drawings.

An awards ceremony also followed the race, where Julius Kibet, originally from Kenya, but now a New Jersey resident, and Atalech Ketema were announced as the respective male and female victors. Kibet pulled away from a strong pack, consisting of Henry Kipchirchir (2nd), Patrick Nthiwa (3rd), and Nelson Kiplagat (4th) at the four mile mark, finishing in a solid 28:42. Veteran Paul Mwangi finished 5th in 30:42. Ketema, of Peekskill, NY, broke from Maria Buseinei of Kenya and fisnished with a winning time of 34:13, besting second place by 40 seconds. Rounding out the top five female runners were Amanda Mitchella of Franklin Lakes, NJ; Alemtshaw Misganaw of New York City; and Jennifer Malavolta of Reeders, PA.

Kibet and Kitema won $2,000 each from the $10,000 purse.

“We hope to build the Newport 10,000 into the top 10K road race in the Northeast by attracting elite American and International runners,” said race director Mark Zenobia, of On Your Mark Productions.

In addition to the cash prizes, Newport, along with contributing local sponsors, donated a $10,000 gift to the Liberty Science Center to further the Center’s missions and goals, and contribute to the education of Jersey City’s youth.

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