New York, NY (May 20, 2009) - More than 7,500 runners braved the rain and fog at the 2009 Healthy Kidney 10K in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday, May 16 to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. And 21-year old Tadesse Tola from Ethiopia found the conditions just to his liking, shattering the previous Central Park 10K record by 20 seconds with a blistering time of 27:48.
Sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Healthy Kidney 10K is hosted by the New York Road Runners and is considered one of the premier events on the annual schedule, with six 2008 Olympians and dozens of top runners from across the U.S. Kenyans Patrick Makau (28:28) and Boaz Cheboiywo (28:31) finished second and third.
In the women’s category, Aziza Aliyu of New York’s Westchester came in first at 33:38, missing the course record she set last year by six seconds. In second place was Hirut Mandefro from Ethiopia, followed by Salome Kosgei in third.
The Healthy Kidney 10K was established five years ago to commemorate the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan, who benefited from American expertise and research when he received a kidney transplant.
Setting a new record, Tola was awarded the Zayed Bonus of $20,000 for his historic achievement: the fastest 10K ever run in Central Park!