A Family Affair at Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay as Husband-Wife Team Take Top Honors at 10th Presentation
A husband-wife duo took top honors at the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay today on the Monterey Peninsula (an RRCA Runner Friendly Community). Arizonans Ben Bruce and his wife of only two weeks, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (RRCA Roads Scholar Class - 2009), packed a one-two punch to beat out a strong elite field under sunny skies and near perfect running conditions. Among the last elites to register just one month ago, the Bruce's were the first to finish their respective divisions. Ben won the men's race in 1:04:45 and Stephanie won the women's race in 1:12:19.
The men's race took shape quickly as a lead pack of five runners broke away from the rest of the field. Ben Bruce, Samuel Kosgei, Santa Fe, NM, Fred Tumbo, Santa Fe, NM, Joseph Mutinda, Santa Fe, NM, and Ryan Bak, Bend, OR, ran together most of the first seven miles. A 4:52 first mile gave this group of five a huge lead over Eddie Jones, Boise, ID, who was alone in 6th with no other runners in sight. Just prior to the turn-around point between miles 7 and 8, Bruce made a move and none of the others were able to respond. Running three consecutive miles under 4:50, he opened a 30 second lead by mile 10. The three members of the AmeriKenyan Running Club, Kosgei, Tumbo, and Mutinda ran in a pack of three but were unable to close the gap between themselves and Bruce.
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