HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Five seconds separated first from the field June 10th at the 34th running of the North Shore Half Marathon. Kenyan Geofrey Terer narrowly defeated Patrick Cheptoek of Uganda in blistering heat to capture his first North Shore 1/2
Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:25

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Five seconds separated first from the field June 10th at the 34th running of the North Shore Half Marathon. Kenyan Geofrey Terer narrowly defeated Patrick Cheptoek of Uganda in blistering heat to capture his first North Shore 1/2

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Five seconds separated first from the field June 10th at the 34th running of the North Shore Half Marathon. Kenyan Geofrey Terer narrowly defeated Patrick Cheptoek of Uganda in blistering heat to capture his first North Shore 1/2 victory and third overall this year.

Originally a volleyball player, Terer has hit the ground running with his U.S.A. career winning the 33rd Dam to Dam 10K and Green Bay Half Marathon earlier this spring. He's "got a lot of heart. He's racing for his family: 2 girls and young son at home with his wife" said Manager Brian Roth of Trail Monkey Elite Running. Terer was struggling with the temperature throughout the race, but Roth noted he "thought about his family at the 8 mile mark and it carried him on to victory." He finished the 13.1 miles in 1:07:13.

In only her second U.S. event since leaving her home of West Pokot, Kenya Chemtai Rionotukei, won the woman's race with a time of 1:18:15. She's on quite a roll, 7 days prior she ran a course record time of 16:32 to win the 13th Annual Rhody 5K Road Race. Manager Dr. Owen Anderson of Team Owen said she "had a great, great day ... ran a sensible race, not a [Personal Record], but she pulled it off. ... She was very happy about the organization and beautiful course and would love to come back next year."

David Tuwei, also of Kenya, placed third in the men's 1/2 race; Rebekah Smeltzer of Monroe, MI and local product Amber Druien of Woodstock finished 2nd and 3rd in the woman's half. Druien was the top Illinois female finisher and Lake Forest's Thomas Frazer was the top male; both earned the inaugural $500 award for fastest Illinois runner. Overall The North Shore Half Marathon had an $11,000 prize purse.

With the race itself threatened by dangerous weather forecasts RAM Racing Race Director Brandon Presern was pleased the heat did not interfere. "We prepared for the worst, but I'm glad the heat stayed reasonable so participants could enjoy the first-class event they deserve in Highland Park: Chicagloand's ideal locale for a half marathon," said Presern.

1/2 marathon runner Barbara C echoed those sentiments via Facebook, writing "RAM Racing, you did an awesome job with the water and Gatorade stations this year. The sponges were so great and really helped cool us off. Congratulations on putting together a wonderful half marathon in very challenging heat!"

Twenty-one year-old Sean Chote of Chicago won the men's 5K with a time of 17:12. Round Lake's Caroline Hryczyk won the woman's 5K, finishing the race in 20:42.


Portions of the event proceeds goes to support the race's official charity partner: Misericordia,. “We are thrilled to be a part of this race and are thankful for the support of the community,” said Fr. Jack Clair of Misericordia.

About Misericordia

Misericordia is recognized as one of the nation’s leading communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is distinguished by its network of services and a continuum of care model. Misericordia supports 600 children and adults from diverse ethnic, racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, with disabilities ranging from mild or moderate to severe and profound. Along with numerous residential options on its 31-acre campus and in the community, programs include job training and placement, an array of therapies, fitness and health guidance, social and recreational activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth. For more information call 773-973-6300 or visit www.misericordia.org.

About RAM Racing

RAM Racing was co-founded 10 years ago by Steve Ginsburg and Paul Rosenblum as a result of their passion for endurance sports. Since its beginning, RAM exploded onto the racing scene and now hosts eight Chicagoland events with 7 more races in key markets across the country. RAM is committed to providing an excellent, safe race experience with award-winning goody bags and well organized and supported race courses. For more information visit http://ramracing.org

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