HOUSTON (January 17, 2016) - A record-setting day saw Ethiopians win three of four titles, including a sweep of the men's and women's Chevron Houston Marathon.
Aramco Houston Half Marathon
Kenya's Mary Wacera ran the fastest-ever women's half marathon on American soil Sunday, moving to No. 9 on the all-time world list as she shattered the course record with a 66:29 to win the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
New Zealand's Kim Smith set the previous all-comers record of 67:11 in 2011 at Philadelphia, while the course record of 68:26 was set in 2012 by Belyanesh Olijara of Ethiopia.
Wacera, who collected $45,000 for her record-setting win, made a move just after the 15-kilometer mark to take the lead from fellow Kenyan Cynthia Limo. She established a six-second gap over the next 5K and stretched the margin to 12 seconds at the finish. Limo's 66:41 moved her to 11th on the all-time world list.