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Results & Commentary: 2003 Men's Commentary

3rd Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon

See 2003 Results - Click Here Kenya's Laban Kipkemboi, 25, -- who was 11th place at this year's Boston Marathon - won today's Half Marathon in a time of one hour, three minutes, four seconds, beating a deep field of international competitors and taking home his first place share ($5,000) of the $25,000 prize purse. Kipkemboi beat countrymen John Kagwe (two-time New York City Marathon champion) by 11 seconds and third place finisher Timothy Cherigat, also of Kenya, by 59 seconds. All three of these runners used the half marathon as preparation for next month's New York City Marathon.

Eddy Hellebuyck, 42, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ran 1:05:12, and just missed a new American masters record for the half marathon distance. (John Tuttle, of Georgia, ran 1:05:11 at Indy Life in 1999.) Hellebuyck set an American masters record at the marathon distance last weekend when he was the overall champion at Twin Cities in Minnesota (2:12:47). This year, he has established masters division records at the following distances: 5K, 10K, 15K, 10-mile, and marathon. Hellebuyck was the top American at this year's Boston Marathon, finishing tenth.

Tony Nogueira, 35, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey was the men’s push rim wheelchair division champion in 57:43.

- Jack Fleming

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.