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Results: 2023 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon; Wesley Kiptoo and Buze Diriba are champions

Wesley Kiptoo and Buze Diriba were crowned champions at the 2023 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Here are the results from the elite races on Sunday (7).

Wesley Kiptoo wins the Pittsburgh Half Marathon title
Wesley Kiptoo wins the Pittsburgh Half Marathon title

PITTSBURGH, PA, May 7 – The 2023 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon saw Wesley Kiptoo and Buze Diriba emerge victorious in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively, on Sunday, May 7. The following are the results from the men’s and women’s elite races.

Kiptoo, who made a successful debut at the Pittsburgh event last year, returned to the streets of Pittsburgh this year and claimed the men’s title in a time of 1:01:21. The HOKA NAZ Elite representative dictated the tempo against his rivals throughout much of the contest and eventually crossed the finish line ahead of James Ngandu of the Columbus Running Co., who finished at 1:02:12, and Dominic Ondoro of Transworld International Sports, who completed the race at 1:02:32. Kiptoo earned USD $10,000 for winning the men’s race.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba secured the victory with a time of 1:10:43. After overtaking long-time race leader Carrie Verdon, who had to settle for second place at 1:10:47, Diriba crossed the finish line to claim the women’s title. Jackie Gaughan of the Boston Athletic Association clocked 1:11:30 to finish third. Diriba also received a prize of USD $10,000 for winning the women’s race.

Caroline Rotich of Kenya, who was the defending champion, finished in seventh place this year, clocking in at 1:12:56.

2023 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results

Men’s Results

  1. Wesley Kiptoo – 1:01:21 – HOKA NAZ Elite, Kenya – $10,000
  2. James Ngandu – 1:02:12 – Columbus Running Co., Kenya – $6,000
  3. Dominic Ondoro – 1:02:32 – Transworld International Sports, Kenya – $4,000
  4. Lawrence Kipkoech – 1:02:40 – Unattached, Kenya – $3,000
  5. Doninic Korir – 1:04:02 – International Elite TC, Kenya – $2,000
  6. Milton Rotich – 1:04:37 – Unattached, Kenya – $1,500
  7. Chase Weaverling – 1:05:10 – Altra/TEAM Boulder, — – $1,000
  8. Will Nation – 1:06:13 – Tracksmith, — – $750
  9. Sergio Reyes – 1:06:26 – HOKA Aggies, — – $500
  10. Jared Ward – 1:07:29 – Saucony, — – $250
  11. Ryan Mahalsky – 1:07:31 – Philadelphia Runner TC
  12. Patrick Hanley – 1:07:46 – GRC
  13. Dominic Hockenbury – 1:08:11 – Syracuse Alumni TC
  14. Seth Slavin – 1:08:13 – SVR
  15. Malcolm Connor – 1:09:45 – Hartbeat New England
  16. Kevin Wright – 1:11:18 – Pennsylvania, US
  17. Ben Szuhaj – 1:12:14 – Pennsylvania, US
  18. Kenneth Sullivan – 1:12:25 – Cleveland Track Club
  19. Sean Battis – 1:13:44 – Pittsburgh Multisport Coaching

Women’s Results

  1. Buze Diriba – 1:10:43 – Riadha, Ethiopia – $10,000
  2. Carrie Verdon – 1:10:47 – TEAM Boulder, — – $6,000
  3. Jackie Gaughan – 1:11:30 – Boston Athletic Association, — – $4,000
  4. Neely Gracey – 1:12:55 – Get Running, — – $3,000
  5. Katie Kellner – 1:12:56 – Craftsbury Green Racing, — – $2,000
  6. Jaci Smith – 1:12:56 – Unattached, — – $1,500
  7. Caroline Rotich – 1:12:56 – Unattached, Kenya – $1,000
  8. Lindsay Flanagan – 1:13:10 – ASICS, — – $750
  9. Heather Kampf – 1:17:10 – Mill City Running, — – $500
  10. Maddie Van – 1:17:22 – Unattached, — – $250
Glen Andrews is one of World-Track main writers for long distance and marathon running. Andrews, who competed in cross country during his High School and college years finds passion covering these events. He's also run a few marathons in his time, and still hopes to qualify for Boston.

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