The results for the Twin Cities Marathon‘s top runners are in! Dominic Ondoro, a 28-year-old man from Kenya, was the first man to cross the finish line, with a time of 2:11:16. Serkalem Abraha, a 29-year-old woman from Ethiopia, took the top spot in the women’s category.
Ondoro, wearing bib #2, was 23 seconds ahead of the second-place men’s finisher, Elisha Barno. The 30-year-old Barno and Ondoro are frequently seen together at races – the longtime friends hail from the same hometown of Eldoret, Kenya, and both train and compete together. In their last race, the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Barno beat Ondoro by 41 seconds as the two racked up a 1-2 finish.
In the women’s category, Abraha beat out second-place finisher Jane Kibii by just 5 seconds. Kibii, a 30-year-old woman from Kenya who now lives in Northern California, took home the first place win in this year’s Grandma’s Marathon.
To the immense happiness of all involved, the local chapter of Black Lives Matter did not interrupt the race as previously threatened, with the group having reached an amenable compromise for its protest through discussions with St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman.