2019 Houston Diary: Fast Half Marathoners in Houston!


DSC_1517.jpgBedan Karoki, RAK 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

DSC_1551.jpgJamal Yimer, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

(Houston, TX): Six runners with sub-one hour lifetime bests will compete in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday. The line-up features Ethiopians Jemal Yimer (58:33) and London and New York Marathon runner-up Shura Kitata (59:16) and multiple world cross country and half marathon medallist Bedan Karoki from Kenya (58:42). Six sub-67 minute competitors line up in the women's race: Kenyans Fancy Chemutai (64:52), Edith Chelimo (65:52), Gladys Cherono (66:07), Mary Wacera (66:29) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35) and reigning champion Ruti Aga from Ethiopia (66:39). The US hopes are led by Emily Sisson (68:21) and Kenyan-born Sally Kipyego (68:31) who makes her debut as a US citizen.

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