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McDonald, Sachtleben Take First Place in Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Gov. Ralph Northam welcomes the 10k participants

RICHMOND, VA – The 19th annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger kicked off this morning with an enthusiastic greeting from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the official starter who then became just the second Governor of Virginia to participate in the race, and continued with excitement in the men’s and women’s races and throughout the field of runners, joggers, and walkers. The 10k again hosted the Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships, which drew several thousand college athletes to the streets of Richmond to compete for prize money.

Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald, 24, an Atlanta, GA, resident and former track and field standout at Princeton University, took first place with a time of 30:10,finishing ahead of Miles Clikeman, who came in at 30:42. McDonald was an Ivy League 10k champion in 2015 while at Princeton and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Bethany Sachtleben

Bethany Sachtleben

Bethany Sachtleben, 26, of Alexandria, VA, won her first Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k title with a time of 33:37, followed by second-place finisher Letitia Saayman at 35:24. Sachtleben won the 2017 Anthem Richmond Marathon last November in an Olympic Trials-qualifying time of 2:39:00 and is currently enrolled in graduate classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k – Open Division

Place   Open Men Time Open Women Time
1 Matthew McDonald 30:10 Bethany Sachtleben 33:37
2 Miles Clikeman 30:42 Letitia Saayman 35:24
3 Ryan Roush 30:46 Rachel Ward 36:03
4 Samuel Mueller 30:50 Maddie Ivy 36:07
5 Silas Frantz 31:02 Sarah Bishop 36:15

 Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championship

Place   Collegiate Men Time Collegiate Women Time
1 Matthew McDonald 30:10 Bethany Sachtleben 33:37
2 Miles Clikeman 30:42 Letitia Saayman 35:24
3 Ryan Roush 30:46 Rachel Ward 36:03
4 Samuel Mueller 30:50 Maddie Ivy 36:07
5 Harrison Toney 31:16 Janel Blancett 36:37
6 Tim Gruber 31:23 Clara Santucci 36:54
7 Joshua Park 31:26 Emily Potter 38:22
8 Al Escalera 31:35 Stephanie Cario 40:41
9 Jonathan Hogue 31:59 Emily Latimer 40:50
10 Ryan Hagen 32:40 Meghan Mulroy 41:15

Although McDonald and Sachtleben finished atop the standings, leading the pack today was Dash for the Cash contestant Amy Garber, a Mechanicsville resident taking part in her sixth Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. Garber was selected at random from over 16,000 people registered for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k as of February 1, and based on her past race results was given a head start of roughly 2.5 miles. For beating the rest of the field to the finish line, she takes home the $2,500 prize. This is the 11th year in a row that the Dash for the Cash contestant claimed the prize and the 12th time in the 14 years of the contest overall.

Prize money was also awarded to the top three male and female participants that are Richmond region residents. On the men’s side, Miles Clikeman took first place, followed by Silas Frantz and Tim Gruber. On the women’s side, Julie Patterson, Rachel Wheeler Northup, and Kate Gardner all took home prize money.

Richmond Region 10k Championship

Place   Local Men Time Local Women Time
1 Miles Clikeman 30:42 Julie Patterson 36:49
2 Silas Frantz 31:02 Rachel Wheeler Northup 38:51
3 Tim Gruber 31:23 Kate Gardner 39:05

In addition to over 25,000 registered 10k participants, 1,330 children ages 5-12 participated in the Virginia529 Kids Run, which was also started by Governor Northam. More than 50 bands, spirit groups, and porch parties lined the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k course, in addition to thousands of spectators, providing entertainment throughout the event.

Full results are available at http://results.xacte.com/?id=1999. Registration is now open for the 2019 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger, which is set for Saturday, April 13, 2019. Registration can be found at www.sportsbackers.org.

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