Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Results

Moroccan Olympic Runner Breaks Record in 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race

Photo by Frederick Gore, The Republican,
Article by Seth Roberts, The Republican

Mourad Marofit, a Moroccan long-distance runner who competed in the 2008 Olympics, cruised to a course record time of 28:37, beating last year's champion by 39 seconds.

Marofit, who placed third in the 2015 race, took turns pacing with four other runners through mile two, before pulling ahead. By mile three, he had a 20-second lead over Haile Tegegn.

It wasn't until a 4:06 mile on the steep downhill mile five, however, that a record became feasible.

The smooth-running Marofit recorded a 4:30 sixth mile despite slapping five with spectators. He sprinted the last part, beating John Doherty's 1993 course record of 28:46.

Marofit, of New York, received a $1,000 first place prize and a $1,000 bonus. He recently raced in New Orleans at the Shamrockin Run, an 8K in which he finished fourth with a time of 23:01.

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41st Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race Results

Etalemahu Habtewold Sets New Women’s Course Record for Second Straight Year Photo by Frederick Gore, The Republican

On the women's side, Ethiopian runner Etalemahu Habtewold set a course record for the second straight year, with a winning time of 32:50 -- a 20-second improvement.

Habtewold, of New York, took 10th place overall and was never challenged by another female racer.

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“This race came at an ideal time. It’s a great course - a miniature Boston. There were a lot of people out there watching considering the weather. I guess this town goes crazy for St. Patrick’s Day.” - (John Treacy)

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