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Ethiopia's Belete Assefa, Meskerem Assefa win Bolder Boulder elite 10K race on sunny morning


BOULDER, Colorado — Runners from Ethiopia won the Bolder Boulder professional 10K race on Monday while two Colorado residents were the top man and woman in the citizens' race.

Belete Assefa finished more than 16 seconds ahead of Solomon Deksisa, also of Ethiopia, with a time of 29:04 to win his second Bolder Boulder. Meskerem Assefa was the first professional woman to cross the finish line in a packed Folsom Field at the University of Colorado.

In the citizens' race, U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne, of Colorado Springs, finished in 30:40 while Brittni Hutton, of Alamosa, finished in 34:36.

Payne ran the race with the names of several family members and friends who lost their lives while serving their country on a bib pinned to his back.

"It's a special day to run and I really appreciate all the respect and the ceremonies they do for the armed forces with all the flyovers and the jump-ins and the troops that are running today," Payne told Boulder's Daily Camera newspaper (http://bit.ly/1IW9ggY ).

Two former Paralympic gold medalists, Josh George and Amanda McGrory, repeated as winners of the event's wheelchair race.

An estimated 51,000 people, including actor Sean Astin, turned out to compete in the 37th annual Memorial Day event. Storms that have dropped rain off and on all month held off, and the temperature ranged from 45 to 55 degrees during the series of races.

Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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