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Twin Cities Marathon results: Kenyan Chis Kipyego wins it all

Kenyan Chris Kipyego won the 2012 Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday.

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Kenyan Christopher Kipyego was the winner of the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, finishing with a final time of 2:14:53, overcoming 28-degree weather that they just don't get in his home country. He bested Ethiopian Berhanu Girma, who had a final time of 2:15:04, two seconds ahead of Sean Quigley of Boulder, Colorado. Kipyego knew that the race was going to be his, as quoted by the Star Tribune:

"It was very cold, which is why we ran very, very slow the first 10 miles. It was too slow for a marathon. Nobody was willing to push. I thought, 'If they don't run, I have to go.' The Ethiopian guy was very strong, but with 4 miles to go, I knew it was going to be my race.''

A total of 9,041 people finished the marathon, the most in its 31-year history. It's a particularly tough race due to the aforementioned cold weather, as it manages to take the energy from you right off the bat. The first mile took a whole 5:26 for the lead runners, which eliminated any chance of a course record from the get go.

Jeannette Faber of Portland, Ore. won the women's title in 2:32:37. Results for all participants are not currently available, given the sheer number or people who took part.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.