Ilsa Paulson Wins Country Music Marathon: Marathon Round Up (April 24-25,2010), by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Ilsa Paulson, NYC Half Marathon, 2008, photo by

Congrats to Ilsa Paulson, the first U.S. women to win the RNR Country Music in it's 11 year history! Ilsa ran 2:33.41 for the victory! Paulson had planned to race in Italy on Sunday, and then, this little volcano thing happened!  Paulson was also the 2009 US marathon champion.


HAMBURG (GER, Apr 25): Wilfred Kigen finally won Hamburg Marathon in his sixth appearance here. His winning time 2:09:22 ahead of Urige Buta, an Ethiopian who lives in Norway and might be eligible for his new country in time for Barcelona European Championships. His time 2:09:27 is big life-time best for him. Third Eritrean Beraki Beyene another PB 2:10:06. Next European Spain´s Ignacio Caceres as 6th in 2:12:49. After a great solo women win for Kenyan Sharon Cherop with career best 2:28:38 over 19-years old Ethiopian Eshetu Degefa (2:29:48). Namibian record holder Beata Naigambo was third (2:33:00) and best European Ukrainian Tatyana Mezentseva in 2:34:24 fifth. In the 25th edition of the race around 20 000 participants were registered. Among them 37 runners who did not miss a single edition. 

MADRID (ESP, Apr 25): Kenyan Thompson Cherogony won in new course record 2:11:27 the 33rd Madrid Marathon. Former mark of Joseph Ngolepus was 2:11:30 in 2006. In all races 15 000 runners were registered. Second Dickson Chumba got 2:11:54 and third Jonathan Kipkosgei 2:13:06. Best Spanish and national champion was Migel Angel Gamonal who debuted at the distance with 2:17:27. Ethiopian Girma Tadesse won the women race in 2:34:39 over her team-mate Hadish Letay (2:34:58) and Poland´s Justyna Bak (2:37:52). Spanish champion Ana Casares as 6th (2:47:50). In the 10 km race long distance legend Haile Gebrselassie won in 28:56. Francisco Espana was way back as second in 30:28.

NASHVILLE (USA, Apr 24): Colombian William Naranjo won Country Music Marathon clocking 2:15:38. A double for Colombia was confirmed by second placed Juan Carlos Cordona (2:15:50). Third Kenyan Wilson Chepkwony got 2:16:24. Ina Paulson, the first American winner in the 11-year history of the event achieved 2:33:41. She had been scheduled to run in  Italy, on Sunday, but she changed plans after the volcanic eruption in Iceland forced flight delays and cancellations throughout Europe. Second Ethiopian Serkalem Abrha was timed at 2:35:19.

PADOVA (ITA, Apr 25): Kenyan Rael Kiyara won the women division at 11th Maratona Santo Antonio in new course record 2:30:18. She bettered the previous one by 2 seconds. Second Priscah Jeptoo clocked 2:30:53. Gilber Chepkwony was the best man after 2:10:45 beating Italian Giovanni Gualdi to second in 2:13:39. In total 4400 runners participated. 

ENSCHEDE (NED, Apr 25): Kenyan John Kelai won the 42nd Enschede Marathon in 2:12:17 over course record holder Jacob Yator (2:12:43). Dutch Ingrid Prigge was the best woman after 2:46:24.

ANTWERP (BEL, Apr 25): Kenyan Nahashon Kimaiyo won the Antwerp marathon in 2:12:00. Best woman did not went under 3 hours.

EMMEN (NED, Apr 25): Dutch Arnaud Okken clocked in a solo race Barcelona standard at 800 m 1:46.27.

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