2018 Boston Diary: In build up for Boston 2018, Galen Rupp won the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon in 59:47!

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Rupp_Galen1b-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted April 9, 2018

The week prior to the Boston Marathon is always a fun week in Boston. Here's a piece we did a few weeks ago on Galen Rupp and his fine warm up for the rite of spring in Beantown. Galen Rupp is healthy this season and the 2018 Boston field should see the results of that fitness. In his last marathon, Chicago last October, Galen Rupp won going away.

Originally posted March 11, 2018

ROME (ITA, Mar 11): Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp set a 59:47 PB (13:50 5km, 28:09 10km, 42:44 15km) to win the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon ahead of Kenyans Moses Kemei (60:44) and Justus Kangogo (61:02). "It was an amazing race. It went according to plans without wind and rain along the course. I knew I was in good shape," he told the IAAF. Rupp was also the first non-African winner of the men's race since Stefano Baldini in 1997. After a big breakthrough in the Dubai Marathon in January when she was fifth in 2:20:13, Ethiopia's Haftamenesh Tesfay won the women's race in a 69:02 PB from Dera Dida (69:21 PB) and Kenya's Rebecca Chesire (71:04). Rosaria Console was the top Italian finisher in sixth in 73:45. Best male European finisher was Ukrainian Ihor Olefirenko 64:47 as 10th.

Memories of #HuaweiRomaOstia . An excellent weekend!! Still so proud of it

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RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp has shown that his fitness, four weeks before the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon is just where he needs to be. Remember that Galen Rupp was just off an injury prior to Boston in 2017, so this year could be very, very interesting.

Galen Rupp won the Rome Ostia half marathon today in 59:47 #romeostiahalfmarathon

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