Ambesse Tolossa win the Honolulu Marathon
|Honolulu Advertiser | Dec. 10, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Ambesse Tolossa, 29, became the first from Ethiopia to win the Honolulu Marathon today, ending a streak of victories by Kenyan runners. Tolossa was the first to cross the finish line, winning in his Honolulu Marathon debut in an official time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.
Fellow Ethiopian runner, Araya Haregot, 25, also making his Honolulu Marathon debut, took fourth in 2:16:59.
Three-time defending champion Jimmy Muindi, 33, of Kenya finished second in an official time of 2:14:39. Fellow Kenyan runners, Eric Wainana, 32, and Eric Nzioki, 28, took third and fifth, respectively.
Wainana’s time was 2:16:08; Nzioki’s 2:17:10. Runners from Kenya have won every men’s Honolulu Marathon race since 1995.
Tolossa’s lifetime best was 2:08:58 at the Tokyo International Marathon in February 2006. He also won. In June, he also won the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in 2:10:08.
Birhanu Wukaw wins Charlotte Marathon
CHARLOTTE – Ethiopian Birhanu Wukaw on Sunday ran most of the course by himself and finished the race by more than 12 minutes than the runner-up in 2: 24:20, the Charlotee Observer reported on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Birhanu said he wanted to run 2:35 but his coached wanted him to run faster. Asked how he felt after his win, Birhanu said the absence of rivals made the course very difficult.
Birhanu Wukaw, Ethiopia, 2:24:20;
Brian McNeil, Charlotte, 2:36:28;
Robert Miller, Charlotte, 2:38:24;
Ryan Althaus, Jefferson City, Tenn., 2:39:25;
Josh Irwin 2:40:26;
Paul Mainwaring, Charlotte, 2:43:50;
Ken Csipo, Fort Bragg, 2:44:09;
Ryan Crosswell, Durham, 2:45:05;
Donny Lake, Greensboro, 2:46:08;
Randy Horner, Colonial Heights, Va., 2:46:57