Tigist Tufa, left, and Fikadu Lemma, right, both of Ethiopia, stand with Susan Sundlun, wife of former RI Governor Bruce Sundlun, after taking top honors at the Rock 'n' Roll Providence Half Marathon Sunday morning. Lemma won the men's race in 1 hour, 9 minutes and Tufa finished first among the women and second overall in 1:10:51.(The Providence Journal / Bob Breidenbach)

Tigist Tufa, left, and Fikadu Lemma, right, both of Ethiopia, stand with Susan Sundlun, wife of former RI Governor Bruce Sundlun, after taking top honors at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon Sunday morning. Lemma won the men’s race in 1 hour, 9 minutes and Tufa finished first among the women and second overall in 1:10:51.(The Providence Journal / Bob Breidenbach)

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Runners from Ethiopia have won the men’s and women’s races at the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Providence, while a city couple claimed both second-place spots.

Thousands of people hit the streets Sunday for the 13.1-mile half marathon.

Fikadu Lemma won the men’s race with a time of one hour and nine minutes. Tigist Tufa finished first in the women’s race with a time of 1:10:51.

Patrick and Katie Moulton of Providence were the second-place winners with times of 1:11:04 and 1:19:42, respectively.

The course began at the Statehouse, ran up historic Benefit Street on the city’s East Side and headed north to Lippitt Park.

Runners then went down Blackstone Boulevard, along the Seekonk River and India Point Park before returning downtown to the finish line at the Statehouse.

Source: dailyjournal.net

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