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A Record-Setting Day At Atlanta’s Annual Peachtree Road Race

At Thursday’s Peachtree Road Race, Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto, shown at an event earlier this year, finished the 10 kilometers in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event. And that wasn’t the only record broken.
At Thursday’s Peachtree Road Race, Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto, shown at an event earlier this year, finished the 10 kilometers in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event. And that wasn’t the only record broken.
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Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race in Atlanta on Thursday in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event.

The 19-year-old surpassed the previous mark of 27:04 set by Joseph Kimani in the same race, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, in 1996.

In addition to the first-place prize of $8,000, Kipruto received a $50,000 bonus for breaking the event record, which happened on the 50th anniversary of the race. Sixty-thousand runners were expected to finish.

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the women’s race in 30:22, breaking the event record of 30:32 set by Lornah Kiplagat in 2002 and also receiving a $50,000 bonus.

Bonuses were also awarded to wheelchair champions Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. (18:11) and Manuela Schar of Switzerland (21:28) for breaking the event records.