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Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2018Derrick, Tuliamuk Win 2018 USATF Half Marathon Titles in Pittsburgh

On a cool, damp Sunday morning in the City of Champions, Chris Derrick, 27, from Portland, OR and Aliphine Tuliamuk, 29, from Flagstaff, AZ won USATF Half Marathon titles, clocking 1 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds and 1:10:04, respectively. Against top U.S. fields, both were first time national champions for 13. 1 miles, and for Derrick, it was his first USA road crown and fourth USA title overall, while Tuliamuk has now earned eight USA titles in the past two years.

In the men’s 31st national half marathon championship, Parker Stinson (Boulder, CO) set the pace from the gun and led the pack, averaging 4:47 per mile pace - until the final miles when the real racing started. At 10 miles, Stinson and defending USATF half marathon champion Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, CO) ran stride-for-stride followed by Derrick and Andrew Colley (Blowing Rock, NC). 

By 12 miles, it was a three man race between Stinson, Derrick and Colley, and in the final stretch, the trio sprinted hard to the line with Derrick outkicking Stinson, 1:02:37 to 1:02:38 followed by Colley in third, just two seconds later. The latter two set personal records, while Korir finished fifth in 1:03:24.

“It feels nice to win again. I won those Cross Country titles three years ago now, and more than just the U.S. road title, it was good to win a race,” said Derrick, the three-time USA Cross Country who earned $15,750 as national champion. “It’s a good course for racing. On some flat courses, it’s hard to drop people because everyone gets into that flat rhythm. With some of the turns and ups and downs, there are a lot of chances, like cross country, to make little moves and test people. It was really good racing today and a lot of that credit goes to Parker.”

In the women’s 22nd national half marathon championship, reigning USATF Running Circuit champion Tuliamuk led wire-to-wire clicking off sub-5:20 miles, trailed by Sara Hall (Redding, CA) and 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion Gwen Jorgensen (Portland, OR) in her 13.1 mile debut. 

By mile 10, the title chase was down to Tuliamuk, Hall and Rochelle Kanuho (Flagstaff, AZ) who began making her move around mile 8. Tuliamuk pushed hard in the final mile and it looked like she would go unchallenged to the tape, but Hall kicked hard to nearly catch Tuliamuk, 1:10:04 to 1:10:07. Kanuho was third with a personal record 1:10:49 and Jorgensen fourth in 1:10:58.

“I didn’t plan on going out that fast, but I kept looking back at the lead I built up and could feel Sara gaining. I know how strong she is and has a great kick, but I didn’t realize how close she was behind me at the finish; it was my lucky day,” commented Tuliamuk who took home $16,000 with a winning time that is the fourth fastest women’s national championship performance. “It was a good course and the spectators out there were amazing.”

Overall, the national championship paid out a record $95,750 - $85,000 guaranteed money plus $10,750 in time bonus money. The USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by P3R, returns to Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

USATF Half Marathon Championships
Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, May 6, 2018

1) Chris Derrick (OR), 1:02:37, $15,750*
2) Parker Stinson (CO), 1:02:38, $8750*
3) Andrew Colley (NC), 1:02:40, $5750*
4) Samuel Kosgei (CO), 1:03:13, $3500#
5) Leonard Korir (CO), 1:03:24, $3000#
6) Matt Llano (AZ), 1:03:29, $2500#
7) Wilkerson Given (GA), 1:03:45, $2000#
8) Sid Vaughn, Jr. (CO), 1:04:27, $1250+
9) George Alex (AZ), 1:04:29, $1150+
10) Johnny Crain (NC), 1:04:55, $1050+
11) Wade Meddles (CO), 1:05:13, $700
12) Matthew Williams (CO), 1:05:16, $600
13) Willie Milam (CO), 1:05:20, $550
14) Brogan Austin (IA), 1:05:21, $500
15) Matthew McDonald (GA), 1:05:23, $450

* includes $750 time bonus for sub-1:03:00
# includes $500 time bonus for sub-1:04:00
+ includes $250 time bonus for sub-1:05:00

1) Aliphine Tuliamuk (AZ), 1:10:04, $16,000**
2) Sara Hall (CA), 1:10:07, $9000**
3) Rochelle Kanuho (AZ), 1:10:49, $6000**
4) Gwen Jorgensen (OR), 1:10:58, $4000**
5) Carrie Dimoff (OR), 1:11:51, $3250*
6) Samantha Bluske (OH), 1:12:32, $2500#
7) Roberta Groner (NY), 1:12:35, $2000#
8) Elaina Tabb (MA), 1:12:57, $1500#
9) Lindsay Flanagan (CO), 1:14:15, $900
10) Bethany Sachtleben (VA), 1:14:33, $800
11) Ashley Brasovan (CO), 1:15:40, $700
12) Tristin Van Ord (NC), 1:15:44, $600
13) Molly Grabill (OR), 1:15:51, $550
14) Elizabeth Herndon (OH), 1:16:20, $500
15) Emma Spencer (MA), 1:17:00, $450

** includes $1000 time bonus for sub-1:11:00
* includes $750 time bonus for sub-1:12:00
# includes $500 time bonus for sub-1:13:00

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P3R shares a common goal with the USATF Running Circuit: to showcase, support and promote American athletes in the running industry. With support from SportsPITTSBURGH, P3R looks forward to increasing exposure and racing opportunities for emerging U.S. runners in the City of Pittsburgh when hosting the 2018-19 USATF Half Marathon Championships for men & women.

About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at:

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About USA Track and Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information, visit:

About the USATF Running Circuit
The USATF Running Circuit is a USATF road series featuring USATF championships from one mile through the marathon and consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded in total prize money.

The mission of the USATF Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USATF Running Circuit and its races have provided more than $9 million to U.S. distance runners.