Spokane, Washington – Belete Assefa, 22, of Ethiopa used a huge kick at the end to win the elite men’s race at Bloomsday.
Assefa became the first Ethiopian to win Bloomsday. Nearing the seven-mile mark, though, Assefa was trailing Emmanuel Bett of Kenya, before he turned on the jets and won the race with a comfortable lead.
Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia won the elite women’s race, as the 25-year-old opened a comfortable lead midway through the course and crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 39:52 without being contested.
TheÃ‚Â Lilac Bloomsday Run, also known asÃ‚Â Bloomsday, is an annual timedÃ‚Â road raceÃ‚Â inÃ‚Â Spokane, Washington, held on the first Sunday of every May since 1977.Ã‚Â The course isÃ‚Â 12 km (7.46 mi)Ã‚Â long. The course starts inÃ‚Â Downtown SpokaneÃ‚Â and heads northwest along the far west end of town, passes byÃ‚Â Mukogowa Ft. Wright InstituteÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Spokane Falls Community CollegeÃ‚Â before heading up “Doomsday Hill” and back downtown to theÃ‚Â Spokane CountyÃ‚Â Court House.
Belete AssefaÃ‚Â . . . 22 . . . Ethiopia . . . Champion 2011 Crescent City Classic 10k (28:14) . . . Champion 2011 Bolder Boulder 10k (29:22) . . . 12thÃ‚Â place finish 2013 Hy-Vee Drake Relays Half Marathon (1:05:55) .
Buzunesh DebaÃ‚Â . . . 25 . . . Ethiopia . . . 2ndÃ‚Â place finish 2011 NYC Marathon (2:23:19) . . . Since 2009 she has won the following marathons:Ã‚Â California International, San Diego, Los Angeles, GrandmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marathon, and the Twin Cities Marathon . . . 4thÃ‚Â place finish Bloomsday 2011 (40:29) . . .
Source:Ã‚Â khq.com & Wikipedia