(2019) Leonard Korir pulled ahead of four-time champion Stephen Sambu with less than two miles to go and became the first American man since 1988 to win the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Sunday morning.
Korir, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, finished second behind Sambu, of Kenya, in 2017. This year, Korir dominated the end of race and completed the 7-mile course in 32 minutes, 11 seconds.
Sambu finished second in 32:29, while Kenya’s Edward Cheserek, a former 17-time NCAA champion with Oregon, was third in 32:30.
Mark Curp of Missouri was the last American men’s winner.
Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi, the 2018 NCAA champion at 10,000 meters, won the women’s elite race in 36:29, holding off American Sarah Hall (36:34). Kenya’s Margaret Wangari, the 2012 Falmouth champion, was third (36:43).
The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is “all downhill” to the finish.