Sunday April 28th, 2019
Manhattan, New York
The UAE Healthy Kidney 10K is an annual race organized by the New York Road Runners, with support from the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
The race, now in its 12th year, honors the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder and first President of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed was treated for kidney disease in the United States, and benefited from the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of US institutions and doctors. The UAE Healthy Kidney 10K supports efforts to promote education and awareness of kidney health and kidney disease.
|2nd Male||27:19||Mathew Kimeli||20||KEN|
|3rd Male||28:10||Teshome Mekonen||22||ETH|
|4th Male||28:36||Fikadu Girma Teferi||24||ETH|
|2nd Female||32:06||Aselefech Mergia||33||ETH|
|3rd Female||32:15||Monicah Ngige||24||KEN|
|4th Female||32:22||Laura Thweatt||29||USA|
|M 40-49||31:09||Mengistu Tabor Nebsi||40||USA|
|M 50-59||33:10||Paul Thompson||52||USA|
|M 60-69||39:23||Steven Calidonna||63||USA|
|M 70+||47:39||J John Mann||70||USA|
|F 40-49||37:01||Megan Foster||42||USA|
|F 50-59||37:42||Fiona Bayly||53||USA|
|F 60-69||47:59||Kathleen Kilbride||60||USA|
|F 70+||53:17||Sylvie Kimche||71||USA|
In its 14th year on the New York Road Runners calendar, the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K brought more than 7.400 runners—including a field of world-class professional athletes—to race over the rolling hills of Central Park.
The race celebrates the culture of the United Arab Emirates while raising awareness for kidney disease and organ donation. The connection between the two causes originated through the UAE's founder and first president, the late Sheikh Zayed, as he aimed to show appreciation for the care he was given in the U.S. after receiving a kidney transplant in 2000. In his honor, the race offers the $30,000 Zayed Bonus, given to the first man who breaks the event record of 27:35 and to the first woman who runs faster than 30:44.
From the starting horn, two runners—Kenyan training partners Rhonex Kipruto and Mathew Kimeli—set off to chase that bonus prize money, in addition to competing for the $10,000 first-place prize. Passing the 5K split in approximately 13:39, the two were on track to break the event record, and they would only pick up the pace from there.
On the fourth mile, the 18-year-old Kipruto began to pull away from Kimeli, and he reached the 8-kilometer checkpoint in a world-best time of 21:45, breaking the previous mark by 17 seconds.
Kipruto would then lower the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K event record by 27 seconds, crossing the finish line in 27:08; that time is also the fastest in the world this year to date, the fastest road 10K ever run in the United States on a record-eligible course, and the seventh-fastest road 10K of all-time (also on a record-eligible course). Kimeli would finish second in 27:19.
The women's race provided another exciting finish, as 2018 United Airlines NYC Half champion Buze Diriba of Ethiopia once again used her fast finishing kick to win, this time in 32:04, coming from behind to pass fellow Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia in the final 200 meters.
Both winners were presented with their $10,000 checks in the post-race festival, with Kipruto receiving the $30,000 Zayed Bonus to accompany his new event record. After the awards presentation, Kipruto and Kimeli stayed on stage to celebrate with a special guest performance from Flo Rida.