Kyle Sturdefant, of the Minot Air Force Base, took first in the inaugural BurliMot Half Marathon on Saturday.
Sturdefant, 20, spent almost the entire race chasing Williston's Mark Amondson, who finished second.
Sturdefant caught Amondson around the 12-mile mark of the 13.1-mile event and finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 25 seconds.
Mike Kraft/MDN • Kyle Sturdefant, of the Minot Air Force Base, poses in Oak Park after winning the BurliMot Half Marathon on Saturday.
"I chased him down for a really long time," said Sturdefant, originally of Kennewick, Wash. "He was really hard to catch. And that seven-seconds (difference) was just in the last mile."
It was the second half marathon for Sturdefant, who is preparing for the U.S. Air Force Marathon on Sept. 15 in Dayton, Ohio.
"It was pretty much the exact same style for the Air Force marathon, so I think I got some pretty good prep for it," Sturdefant said. "I didn't know there'd be so many hills."
Glenburn's Brittney Christianson finished fourth overall and was the top female finisher with a time of 1:22:43.26.
For full results see D2.
- Daily News Staff