Fast times at PRRO Circuit race; third edition attracts 4,100 entrants for the Steel City’s fall road race classic
Near ideal temperatures in the high 50s encouraged record fast times at Sunday morning’s 3rd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler as Buze Diriba, 21, of Ethiopia broke the women's record with a time of 52 minutes, 55 seconds, while American Tyler Pennel, 27, tied the event record by Elijah Muturi Karanja (2013) with his 46:50 clocking.
In the men’s race, Pennel, Kenyans Geoffrey Kenisi and Macdonard Ondara and Moroccan Mourad Marofit, formed the lead pack, setting a fast pace early on in the race with 4:40 and 4:45 opening splits. During mile 7, Pennel broke away from the lead pack and finished strongly with a 12-second win in 46:50 to tie the event record. Marofit was runner-up in 47:02, while Kenisi finished in third with 47:16. Chris Solinsky, the first American to break 27 minutes at 10,000 meters, finished 12th with a 50:09 in his comeback race after two years of injury.
“I was confident going into the race knowing that I could win it,” said Pennel, a ZAP Fitness athlete. “I enjoyed the hilly course. It’s not a time-trial course but requires some strategy. In the last quarter of the course, I decided to go for it.”
In the women’s race, the trio of Diriba, who was runner up last year, Kenyan Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton and Rkia El Moukim of Morocco formed the lead pack. Diriba pulled ahead in the final stretch finishing in 52:55, a course record, to shatter Sara Hall’s 53:47 record from 2014. Tuliamuk-Bolton finished in second in 53:11, and Moukim took third with a 54:19 clocking.
“I felt very good,” Diriba said. “I was very excited to return to Pittsburgh again. I had unfinished business here. I am very happy to come away with a win.”
Pennel and Diriba’s times were also the fastest on U.S. soil in 2015 on a record standard, certified 10 mile course.
Tara Welling was the first American female and took home $2000 as part of the P3R’s American Development
Program (ADP), finishing 4th overall in 55:11.
“For our third edition, a beautiful fall Pittsburgh day drew 4,000-plus entrants, and in our debut on the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit, we had our most competitive field yet that included a women’s event record and men’s event record tie,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros.
3rd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler: PRRO Circuit
Pittsburgh, PA, Sunday, October 25, 2015
1) Tyler Pennel (USA), 46:50, $5000*
2) Mourad Marofit (MAR), 47:02, $2500
3) Geoffrey Kenisi (KEN), 47:16, $1500
4) Macdonard Ondara (KEN), 47:20, $1000
5) Elishe Barno (KEN), 48:05, $750
6) Eluid Ngetich (KEN), 48:07, $500
7) Jason Witt (USA), 48:23, $1000*
8) Yonas Mebrahtu (ERI), 48:59
9) Nelson Oyugi (KEN), 49:09
10) Biya Simbassa (USA), 49:11, $500**
11) Nicholas Kipruto (USA), 49:40, $250**
12) Chris Solinsky (USA), 50:09
*Includes Open and U.S.-only prize purses
**U.S.-only prize purse
1) Buze Diriba (ETH), 52:55, $4000#
2) Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (KEN), 53:11, $2500
3) Rkia El Moukim (MAR), 54:19, $1500
4) Tara Welling (USA), 55:11, $2000*t.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation