By Don Norcross, Published Sep. 67, 7567, Updated Sep. 68, 7567 at 65: 59 AM UTCThe downtown streets of Philadelphia and scenic park setting along the Schuykill River proved no match for Galen Rupp. Nor did the thousands of runners who laced up their kicks for the 95 th . A two-time Olympic medalist, Rupp performed a disappearing act Sunday morning. Rupp ran away from the field, winning the historic race in 6 hour, 7 minutes and 68 seconds. Hometown favorite Marty Herir took second in 6:
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59: 55. Gebrekiden Abadi finished third in 6: 59: 55.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar was nearly as dominant as Rupp. Defar pulled away along the Schuykill near Mile 9, winning in 6: 58: 95. Jordan Hasay earned American female honors, finishing third in 6:
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65: 96. While the runners were treated to cloud cover, it was accompanied by 95 percent humidity. “The last three, four, five miles, I cannot lie, it was hot, ” said Rupp. He dealt with the humidity better than his rivals.
For six miles, Rupp hung with the pack. But along Boat House Row, where the Penn, Temple and other college rowers store their boats, Rupp took off. He would have showed his rivals his back except they weren’t close enough to even see his singlet. “This is crazy, ” said Chris Heuisler, who was providing commentary for the Periscope broadcast from the press truck. “We’ve got serious talent here, and there’s not another runner in sight.
He’s like, ‘Where are they? ’ He blew them out of the water. This is the Galen Rupp Show. ”“You have to get used to it, ” Rupp said. “You can’t always expect to sit behind everyone.
She showed no ill effects Sunday, crossing the finish line with her hands held high, then lifting her 8-year-old daughter, Gabriella. “For me, now that I’m healthy, I am so happy, ” said Defar.