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Kenenisa Bekele finished his 2017 racing with a win but fell short of his personal best after breaking away in the 19th kilometre.
The day before of race a Mini Marathon took place with 380 children aged from under 5 to 12 years old running distances from 900m to 3.6km.
A large, enthusiastic crowd lining the finish line erupted as Daniel Tapia became the first-ever Monterey County native to win the 15-year-old event.Tapia grew up in nearby Prunedale and ran a personal best to beat runner-up Futsum Zienasellassie, a six-time All-American at Northern Arizona University, in his debut half marathon.Tapia also bested the women’s winner to nearly double his prize money in the battle-of-the-sexes “Equalizer Challenge”.The raised yellow gloves represented sunflowers which are the symbol of reconstruction following the Great Earthquake which destroyed Kobe and left 6400 dead when it struck 22 years ago.A moment of silence was observed as a prayer for the victims and for the safe conduct of the race.
The men’s winner was Khalil Lemciyeh (Birhanu Legese regained the title he won two years ago after pulling away in the final 500m.