Louisville, KY (April 6, 2013) – Both the Men's and Women's Course records fell today in the Papa John's 10 Miler sponsored by Nike. Pius Nyantika of Louisville, KY won the Men's Division in 47:25 shaving off nearly two seconds from the previous record. Marion Kanie of Bowling Green, KY shattered the previous Women's course record, knocking off ten seconds to finish in 57:16. Nearly 8,400 people registered for today's race, making it one of the largest 10 mile runs in the country.
Nyantika, the 2012 Papa John's 10 Miler winner, finished nearly four minutes ahead of second place finisher Bonaface Biwott. Biwott of Hebron, KY finished in 51:13. Matthew Folk of Perrysburg, OH was third with a time of 51:37. Scott Breeden of Bloomington, IN was Fourth in 53:49 and Jeffery Buhr of Lexington, KY was Fifth in 54:17.
Kanie set a pace of 5:44 miles to win the Women's overall title in 57:16. Shitaye Gemechu of Hebron, KY finished Second with a time of 58:03. Behind Gemechu was past Papa John's Winner Bonita Paul of Bowling Green, KY in 1:00:17. Rosie Edwards of Indianapolis was Fourth in the Women's Division at 1:00:41 and another Indy resident, Rebecca Howarth completed the race in 1:02:05 for Fifth.
Chad Johnson of Charlestown, IN continued his domination of this Papa John's 10 Miler and won the Wheelchair Division in 55:30. Tina Vogel of Louisville won the Women's Wheelchair Division in 1:57:56.
All runners in the 2013 Papa John's 10-miler can get their time and final placement on the race website at www.papajohns10miler.com. "This was such a great way to celebrate the 13th Papa John's 10 Miler. Great performances from all our participants, course records for the both the men and women, and great weather, we couldn't be more pleased with all the results. It was a great day, with a great crowd, the race continues to grow and get better." said Rene Kesterson, Race Director. In its 13 year history, the race has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for ten-mile competitions (per Running USA's road race rankings).
"However, the real winners are this community and the WHAS Crusade for Children," said Kesterson. "We hope to add significantly to the $1,000,000 plus that the Louisville Triple Crown of Running has been able to donate to the Crusade from the proceeds of the three races."
Information provided by the Kentucky Derby Festival.