Defending champion Emily Sisson wins 2nd River Run title, equalizer bonus

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Defending women’s champion Emily Sisson dominated for the second year in a row to claim the 2022 Gate River Run women’s title and equalizer in a time of 47:28.

The Elite Women are six minutes ahead of the Elite Men, and Nico Montanez, who finished fourth last year, was the man with the best chance of chasing her down the Hart Bridge. But Sisson’s lead was too big, so the $5,000 bonus went to Sisson for the second straight year.

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With first prize and the tie, Sisson earned $15,000 for the win.

“It was quite wet here today, but most of the elite came from a dry climate, so we were all in this together. So, I had to factor that into how I felt and how I played. ‘ve raced,” said Sisson. “Great first comeback race from Tokyo, so I’m really happy with it.

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Sisson, who finished 10th in the 10,000 meters in Tokyo and hasn’t raced since, said she wasn’t sure how big her lead was on the deck, so she was pushing towards the end to get herself. ensure that she could claim this bonus again.

Emily Sisson came first in the women’s elite category of the Gate River Run. Emily joins us to talk about the race and her training.

“I kept counting to the top of the hill and then I kept telling myself it was all downhill from there so once I got across the top of the bridge I was like trying to go as fast as possible because I didn’t’ I don’t know how close the men and women were,” Sisson said. “Hopefully it’s a good stepping stone for the rest of the year.”

Montanez, of Tucson, who qualified for the Olympic marathon in 2020, won the men’s title with a time of 43:09.

“I was in pain at Mile 5, I was in pain at Mile 3, I was in pain until I crossed that finish line. It’s pretty much hurt,” Montanez said.” (Six times champion) Deena Kastor, the wife of my head coach, Andrew Kastor, said it’s supposed to hurt when you’re having a national championship.”

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Although defending men’s elite champion Clayton Young was absent from the River Run due to injury, the field was absolutely packed.

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Two-time men’s champion Leonard Korir finished second in 43:13.

Hillary Bor (43:14) was third and one of America’s greatest distance runners in history, Galen Rupp, was seventh in 43:31, and 2012 Olympic 10k runner Diego Estrada finished 17th in 45:08.

Rupp is a four-time Olympian leading the event for the first time.

The women’s court was also packed.

Emily Durgin was one of two other women’s Olympians. She finished second in the women’s race behind Sisson with a time of 49:17, and 2016 Olympian Emily Infield (49:46) was third in the women’s race.

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The elite runners were competing for $49,000 in in-game prize money for the top 10 men and women.

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After two years plagued by COVID-19 precautions, the iconic race actually looks like the event of old with more than 13,000 participants for this year’s race flooding the streets of downtown Jacksonville and crossing the St. Nicholas and San Marco neighborhoods in an attempt to complete the 15K course.

Mayor Lenny Curry also raced on Saturday, finishing with a time of 1:26:08. He said that despite the high humidity, it was a pleasure to be on the course again with the community.

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Nico Montanez is the 2022 Gate River Run Men’s Champion. He joins us to discuss his strategy for winning the race.

“We had a full crowd here today. People were out having fun. I don’t run marathons, so it was a really long race for me. You know you’re alive when you do that, especially when you hit that bridge,” Curry said of battling the green monster. “It’s just a reminder of how dark things were two years ago this time around. It feels good to be back.”

For elite runners, the most significant change to the course occurred at the finish.

As the runners arrived at the bottom steps of the green monster, they descended from the bridge ramp and descended onto Bay Street. From there they continued west before making a right turn past Daily’s Place. The finish line is now near Gate 1 of TIAA Bank Field.

There are also streakers on the field, 22 of them, who have run in the previous 44 River Runs, and are entered for this one as well.

Marie and Ken Bendy have been volunteering with River Run for 20 years.

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