, Newburyport, MA


July 31, 2013

Speed from Ethiopia

African runners provide international feel in 10-mile race


Boston University doctorate student Brian Harvey started in the second lead pack and began picking off runners who fell off the pace around Mile 5. The former Carnegie Mellon runner eventually finished fifth in 50:17.

“I wasn’t with the lead pack, they were too fast for us,” Harvey said. “Our pack disbanded and slowly started picking off people from the lead pack one by one. It’s an encouraging and fun way to run. I’d say there were five people in the lead pack, all of them were foreign. I’m happy to have good competition drag me to a good time.

Three Ethiopian women — Meseret Kitata, Aimaz Fekade and Hirut Beyene — placed first, second and third, respectively, in the women’s race. Kitata won in 56:22. Fekade (56:29) and Beyene (57:47) finished within 85 seconds of the female winner.

Following the race, the three Ethiopian women joined the three Ethiopian men for a conversation in front of the Newburyport High football field. None of the six felt up to the task of being interviewed in English.

Heidi Westover, a Walpole, N.H. resident, placed fourth in the women’s race in 58:41. The former URI runner is training for the Hartford Marathon in the fall.

“(The top women) started off together for about 2 1/2 miles,” Westover said. “At Mile 3, they passed me. I was weaving in between the 5K people. It was great to see so many people running. It wasn’t as hot as previous years, but it’s still hot out there.”

Yankee Homecoming 10-Mile results


Place, name Hometown Time

1. Aschalew Mekete New York 49:07

2. Mengistu Nebsi New York 49:08

3. Tariku Bokan New York 49:12

4. Amos Sang Indian Orchard 50:13

5. Brian Harvey Boston 50:17

6. Matt Pelletier West Greenwich, R.I. 50:27

7. Tadesse Biratu Malden 50:48

8. Nick Karwoski Hollis, N.H. 50:51

9. Alex McGrath Marlborough, N.H. 50:54

10. Glarius Rop Springfield 52:01


1. Meseret Kitata New York 56:22

2. Aimaz Fekade New York 56:29

3. Hirut Beyene New York 57:47

4. Heidi Westover Walpole, N.H. 58:41

5. Meagan Nedlo Salem 1:01.34

6. Alyson Millett Charlestown 1:02.53

7. Regina Loiacano Gloucester 1:03.24

8. Melissa Henry Brookline 1:03.32

9. Jennifer Rapaport Melrose 1:06.24

10. Beth Dollas Amesbury 1:06.25

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