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Posted: October 14, 2013  

Athletics: Melese, Jesseman Win 20th ING Hartford Marathon

With the celebratory "Come Together" theme, runners from across the country, including seven finishing their 50 State Club quest, participated in Connecticut's premier running event

HARTFORD, Conn. - (October 12, 2013) - The 20th running of the ING Hartford Marathon on Saturday morning hosted more than 16,000 participants in marathon, half-marathon, 5K and kids races. With the celebratory "Come Together" theme, runners from across the country, including seven finishing their 50 State Club quest, participated in Connecticut's premier running event.

Getachew Melese, of Ethiopia, won the marathon in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 26 seconds. He was followed by two runners from the New England Finest class, an Elite program that encourages and rewards regional talent. Coming in second in 2:21:22 was Matt Pelletier of West Greenwich, RI, who had placed third in the 2012 ING Hartford Marathon. Eric MacKnight, of Ballston Lake, NY, came in third with a time of 2:22:21.

For the second straight year, New England's Finest runners swept the top three women's marathon places. With a time of 2:38:13, Scarborough, Maine runner Erica Jesseman won her second ING Hartford Marathon. Defending her 2012 ING Hartford Marathon win, Hilary Dionne of Cambridge, Mass., finished second in 2:39:39. Sarah Bard of Somerville, Mass., was third at 2:43:16.

The top three women's finishers are eligible for additional prize money as part of the New England's Finest Elite program, which recognizes talented runners from the region.

Kenyan runners swept the 13.1 mile men's half-marathon, with Julius Mbugua winning in 1:05:13. Second place finisher Kiplangat Terer finished in1:05:53. With a time of 1:06:39, Benard Mwangi took third place.

Women's half-marathon winner Megan Hogan, of Saratoga Springs, NY, won with a time of 1:13:19. Pauline Wanjiru, of Kenya, was runner-up, clocking 1:13:26, and Desta Girma, of Ethiopia, took third place with a time of 1:13:43.

Setting a course record in the 5K men's race, Wethersfield, Conn., runner William Sanders took first place with a time of 14:55. With a time of 15:43, Timothy Milenkevich, of Ansonia, Conn. came in second. Claiming third was John Longo of Southington, Conn. in 17:00.

Women's 5K first place finisher was Christa Ferguson, of Wallingford, Conn., with a time of 18:20. Alison Migonis, of Hamilton, NY, came in second with a time of 19:18. With a time of 20:43, Dani Kennedy of Bolton was third.

20th ING Hartford Marathon
Hartford, CT, Saturday, October 12, 2013

1) Getachew Melese, 24, of Ethiopia, 2:19:26
2) Matt Pelletier, 34, West Greenwich, RI, 2:21:22
3) Eric MacKnight, 24, Ballston Lake, NY, 2:22:21
4) Oz Pearlman, 31, New York, NY, 2:25:23
5) Scott Leslie, 32, Rutland, MA, 2:26:43
1) Erica Jesseman, 24, Scarborough, ME,  2:38:13
2) Hilary Dionne, 28, Cambridge, MA, 2:39:39
3) Sarah Bard, 29, Somerville, MA, 2:43:16
4)  Aregash Abate, 22, High Falls, NY, 2:44:49
5)  Katie Edwards, 31, South Glastonbury, CT, 2:48:35

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