Ethiopians dominate Scottsdale Beat the Heat Race
Nahom Mesfin of Flagstaff won the inauguralÃ‚Â Scottsdale Beat the Heat RaceÃ‚Â held Saturday, June 22, clocking in at 35:34 in temperatures hitting 105 degrees in the afternoon.
There were over 1,000 runners and 1,500 spectators who braved the heat for both the 5K and 11.22K event, a press release states.
Mr. Mesfin, the 11K winner, received $1990, a figure chosen to celebrate the year of the hottest day ever recorded in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Mr. Mesfin also received a two-night, all-inclusive stay at the premier luxury guest ranchÃ‚Â Hidden Meadow RanchÃ‚Â valued at $1,200.
The top female finisher was Belainesh Gebre, also of Ethiopia and now training in Flagstaff, who posted a time of 41:03. The second female finisher was Simegn Abnet of Flagstaff, with a time of 42:56. The third female finisher, Alvina Begay of Flagstaff, clocked in at 44:21. read more