RICHMOND, VA – The 14th annual Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k presented by MARTIN'S went off this morning in picture perfect conditions with more than 38,600 participants. Kenya's Julius Kogo, 27, took first place with a time of 28:18 after a neck and neck battle with Pius Nyantika of Kenya (28:19). Kogo, also the 2011 Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k champion and the 2012 runner up, is the first two-time male winner of the race. Ayele Megersa of Ethiopia (28:41) captured third place.
Ogla Kimaiyo, 24, of Kenya was the top overall female finisher with a time of 32:25, missing the course record of 32:24 by one second. Following behind her were Kenya's Jane Murage (33:01) and Hirut Mandero (33:41).
Although Kogo and Kimaiyo finished atop the standings, leading the pack today was AT&T Dash for the Cash contestant David Hofe, a 48-year old Chesterfield County resident. Hofe was selected at random from over 26,000 people registered for the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k on February 1, and was given a 2.4-mile head start based on his past race results. He took home the $2,500 prize after beating out the elite runners to the finish line. This is the sixth year in a row that the AT&T Dash for the Cash contestant claimed the prize.
Prize money was also awarded to the top three males and females that live and train in the Richmond area. Robert Reynolds (31:04), Jon Molz (31:31) and Guy Alton (31:37) were atop the local finishers on the men's side, while Julie Patterson (35:12), Morgan Denecke (38:09) and Katie Sperry (38:12) took home the prize money on the women's side.
In addition to the 38,685 10k participants, 1,585 children ages 5-12 participating in the Virginia 529 Kids Run.
Thirty bands performed today along the 6.2-mile course, providing entertainment to all in attendance. An all-time record of 28 spirit groups rallied participants with cheers and encouragement through Hirschler Fleischer's spirit contest. And, a total of 134 individuals signed up for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Dress Up & Run contest.
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