Kiprono, Gesabwa are Repeat Bellin Run Champs

June 13, 2015

Gesabwa Makes History with Fourth Straight Win as 16,539 Register for Event

Allan Kiprono and Risper Gesabwa repeated as Bellin Run champions in 2015, each earning a fourth race title during the 39th annual event. Kiprono finished the 10K (6.2-mile) course in 29:01; Gesabwa won in 32:50.

Gesabwa’s victory was her fourth consecutive win, making her the first woman in Bellin history to earn four titles in a row. Kim Merritt and Joan Samuelson each won four Bellin championships, but did so in non-consecutive years. Joscah Obare took second for the women (33:04) in her first Bellin Run, followed by Wisconsin native and up-and-coming runner Kellyn Taylor (33:50).

On the men’s side, Lani Rutto again was Kiprono’s runner-up, as he has been for each of his countryman’s titles — in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Rutto, who swapped places on the podium with Kiprono as 2013’s champion, finished with a time of 29:50. Second-time Bellin Run elite and 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Meb Keflezighi took third for the men, notching 30:06.

The Bellin Run registered 16,539 participants in its 39th year, down from 18,213 in 2014. Runners and walkers took to the streets in nearly ideal conditions under mostly cloudy skies with temperatures near 60 degrees and moderate humidity at the 8 a.m. start.

Bellin’s elite athletes were heavily involved with this year’s pre-race activities, participating in the Friday Run With Greatness Charity Fun Run and Charity Luncheon, as well as signing autographs during the Friday night Health & Wellness Expo at Astor Park.

Other male athletes invited by the Bellin Run had the following times:
• Benson Cheruiyot, Kenya: 30:23
• Luke Humphrey, Michigan: 31:12
• Mike Morgan, Nebraska: 31:22
• Oliver Hoffman, Germany: 31:48
• Bill Rodgers, Massachusetts: 46:57

Other female athletes invited by the Bellin Run had the following times:
• Joscah Obare, Kenya: 33:04
• Melissa Johnson-White: 37:08
• Joan Samuelson, Maine: 39:53
• Uta Pippig, Colorado: 46:40

The overall course records did not fall. Joseph Kimani retains the men’s course record of 27:46 set in 1997 and Tegla Loroupe holds the women’s course record with a time of 31:48 set in 1999.

Local and state notables include Holly Nearman of Milwaukee (37:20; 7th overall); Monika Kalicinska (37:31; 8th overall); Jennifer Chaudoir of Green Bay (39:08; 10th overall); Brian Finnel of Forestville (30:48; 5th overall); Tyler Sigl of Seymour (30:56; 6th overall); Brandon Dworak of Denmark (31:33; 9th overall); Armando Torres of Green Bay (32:39; 12th overall); and Jason Ryf of Oshkosh (32:45; 14th overall).

Complete Bellin Run results are available through the Bellin Run website at

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  • Too bad Bellin Run race planners had paperwork stating that walkers should be in Baird Park Place by 07:50 AM and would be corralled inside and would go FIRST before the line of walkers on Clay Street (just like last year).  A fellow walker stated that she knew of a gentlemen who recently resigned from the planning committee as he was very frustrated with decisions made just days/weeks ago!  I believe that man had ethics and if it was in writing for all participants to choose whether they wanted to be corralled in a park until the last of corral 4 went by that we were to enter the race next.  Some male race volunteer with patch on his eye told the walkers in the park that he had just talked to the race director and was instructed to have the corrals around park moved AFTER everyone (including lots and lots of people with strollers) went by us first!  This was my 25th year of walking and not sure I want to participate ever again in the Bellin Run.  To say that I am extremely disappointed and a little miffed would be the understatement of the day!

    PS GREAT JOB Jenny Chaudoir!!!  smile

    Maureen Van Roy    June 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  • We waited in the park as well near the entrance to corral 3 (the corner of Webster and Mason). As soon as we saw participants with the yellow walker tags we were able to enter and had no issues with Bellin volunteers letting us through.

    Michelle     June 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

  • I though most of the walkers were in corral #2, at least that is the way I saw it.  Prior to mile 1 corral 2 walkers were holding up runners from corrals 2, 3, and 4.  Bellin needs to look at assigning corrals by previous Bellin times and new entrants could start from 4 or 5 and be assigned the appropriate corral on performance the following year.  The zigging and zagging to avoid people that obviously do not belong in certain corrals is a hazard. I had an injury in training and was a corral 3 registrant, but moved back to 4 to avoid being a hazard, think about the other runners people…...just my 2 cents

    Disappointed    June 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  • this event couldn’t have gone any more perfect! Everthing ran smoothly! The weather was perfect! And I ran my fastest 10k ever! This is my favorite run!!!! See you guys next year and keep up the great work!!!!

    Angela    June 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

  • Awesome race!  This was my first Bellin Run and was nervous about the large field size in a “smaller” town.  I can’t beleive how well run it was!!!  Packet pick up was quick and easy.  Parking and leaving was easy.  I didn’t get stuck behind slow people in corral 1 unlike most other races.  It took awhile to actually get to the corrals so make sure you give yourself plenty of time.  Great race, kudos!

    Ann    June 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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