The Bellin 10k run, for the first time in its 37-year history, registered 20,000 runners
and walkers for Saturday’s event.
The registration number is a new record and an improvement over last year’s count (18,428). It’s also a large improvement over the previous record if 18,701.
Lani Rutto Kiplagat of Kenya grabbed the top spot in Saturday’s race with a time of 29:12. Kiplagat, the runner up in the 2012 and 2011 races, finally edged out two-time defending Bellin Run champion Allan Kiprono who finished with a time of 29:34.
Risper Gesawba of Kenya easily captured her second consecutive title in the women’s division. Her time was 32:58.
The Bellin Run always features a number of elite athletes each year. Included in that group are some of the more recognizable athletes, Joan Samuelson of Maine (39:14), Uta Pippig of Colorado (46:09) and Bill Rodgers of Massachusetts (47:40).