After 29 years in Phoenix, the 30th running of the New Times 10K was moved to downtown Tempe for this year’s race. The change of venue didn’t seem to bother the runners one bit Sunday, as three men broke the 30-minute barrier and two women finished in less than 34 minutes.
Obed Gisemba of Kenya, who is living and training in Ahwatukee Foothills with coach Harrison Koroso, came from behind to edge countryman Albert Kiplugat at the line with a time of 29:55. Kiplugat finished with an official time of 29:56.
"With a half-mile left, I thought it was over. He (Gisemba) was in the second group," said Koroso, who ran at the University of Arizona in the mid-1970s. "He pulled up with 100 meters to go, and he saw his potential. He just pulled everything he had and kicked in. He’s very happy about it."
Joseph Mutinda came in third at 29:59, while Kyle Goklish of Tucson and Jed Chappel of Phoenix finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the women’s side, Tatiana Chulakh of Russia narrowly defeated Ann Marie Schwabe of Phoenix by two seconds with a winning time of 33:34. Rounding out the top five were Danusia Tescher, previous event winner Patti Murray and Trina Painter.
The course start (and finish) line was just north of Fifth Street on Mill Avenue. Runners traveled north along Mill to Curry Road, south on Scottsdale Road, east on Rio Salado Parkway, then south again on McClintock Drive before traveling west on University Drive to College Avenue, then north to Fifth Street and west back to Mill.
The race previously ended on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix but was moved this year due to construction of the light-rail system.
Harvey Beller, who has served as race director for 27 years, was thrilled with the results. "It was great," said Beller. "It was a really great course. It was scenic; there were bands on the course. We’d like to stay here."