Quad-Cities Marathon

Q-C Marathon men's champ shatters course record

2013-09-23T04:45:00Z 2014-09-27T13:54:07Z Q-C Marathon men's champ shatters course recordChris James sports@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

Fewer records fell this year at the Quad Cities Marathon.

But the one record that did go down Sunday, went down hard.

Kiplangat Terer of Kenya shattered the men's open marathon record by more than two minutes, winning the race in a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 6 seconds. When he crossed the finish line in front of the iWireless Center in Moline, he had beaten the previous record by 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

The old mark was set in 2010 by another Kenyan, Leonard Mucheru.

Unlike last year's men's race which was decided by four seconds, Terer beat his nearest competition by 4 minutes, 53 seconds, which nearly equaled the widest margin of victory in the 16 years of the event. Julius Choge, also of Kenya, was second in a time of 2:18:59.

"This feels great. It means a lot of things for me," Terer said. "I'm happy for the win and I am celebrating now. Winning is great, there is nothing like winning."

The nearly perfect running weather, temperatures in the low 40s to start, mirrored conditions at last year's event when four records were set. Terer said he owed part of his performance to the conditions.

"The weather was perfect; (Saturday) I was told that there would be headwinds but there was no headwind," he said.

Defending champion Philip Lagat withdrew from the race a week ago but Terer still had to beat out 10 other runners who had sub 2:20 seed times. Terer said knowing the competition he was up against drove him to a higher performance.

"It's always good to have the best competitors," he said of the field. "If it was just me alone from the start, maybe I don't break the record. I was happy, the guys, we pushed together, but the pace was a little slow at 2:18. Then I said, 'I have to go.'"

He said he started to move away from the pack of about six runners at the 15-kilometer mark.

"I was feeling strong and I left the guys there," he said.

Terer already had one victory this year when he claimed the Cleveland Marathon in late May. He said his goal was to try and beat 2:15.

"I aimed for the moon and landed on the sun," he said of beating his expectations.

In the women's race, Ethiopia's Hirut Guangul defended her title by claiming the race in 2:38:52. But that pace was almost 4 minutes off her 2012 record-setting pace. She did still win the race comfortably, with second-place finisher Tezata Dengersa almost 3 minutes behind her.

Boniface Biwott took home the half-marathon championship (1:05:33) while Lauren Versweyveld of Janesville, Wis., was the winner in the women's division in a time of 1:20:45. Davenport native Tommy Harris was first in the 5K event, clocking in at 16:26, while Shelbie Pettie of Sioux Falls, S.D., was first in the women's race (18:48).

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