Kieffer made quick work of her 3m half marathon victory and Gray won a close victory

World-class runner Ellie Kieffer keeps a low profile in Austin, but when she races, she wins.

Entering this year’s 3M Half Marathon at the last minute, Kieffer took advantage of perfect running conditions on Sunday morning – 40 and clean – to add another victory to her racing resume in Austin, while Joseph Grey, world mountain champion running, topped the list. male field.

Even though Kieffer has a great record in Austin, Sunday’s 3M win was something of a redemption for her. Competing in the highly competitive Barron Collier Companies Naples Half Marathon last week in Florida, she veered off course, losing her lead to fourth place.

“I took a wrong turn on Naples Half so I couldn’t cross the line first,” Kieffer said. “So today I thought, ‘I want to win.’ I felt pretty competitive.

Ellie Kieffer crosses the finish line on Sunday to win the 3M Women's Half Marathon in downtown Austin.  Kieffer, who arrived late, earned a small compensation;  She finished fourth in the Florida Half Marathon last week after taking a wrong turn.

“I wasn’t going to race today,” she added. “At first I was just going to go through it with a friend, but I couldn’t find it at the beginning.”

Kieffer started from the starting line at Stonelake Boulevard in North Austin at a fast pace of 5 minutes 52 seconds per mile, with Karen Bertasso-Hughes and Shannon Gaden trailing by about 50 yards. Kieffer completed the 5K in 18:14 with Bertasso-Hughes just nine seconds behind.

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