AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 15,000 runners laced up and hit the street Sunday morning for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Betram Keter of North Carolina ran the fastest Sunday with a time of 2:16:21. He finished about 15 minutes ahead of Stanley Boen, who took second place in the men’s division.
Cynthia Jerop of Grand Prairie, Texas was the first woman to complete the 26.2 mile run in 2:54:21. However, Sunday’s most memorable moment came as 29-year-old Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya approached the finish line. Ngetich led throughout the race, but her body gave out. That didn’t stop her though; she crawled to the finish line for third place, refusing help from a wheelchair.
According to race organizers, 80 percent of the runners are from Texas and 45 percent are from the Austin area. Thousands of volunteers helped make the marathon possible and spectators lined the course to show support for participants.
The race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Money raised goes to help a number of Central Texas nonprofits.