Berhanu Mekonen Wins Atlantic City Marathon

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Berhanu Mekonen Wins Atlantic City Marathon
Press of Atlantic City

Ethiopian marathon runner Berhanu Mekonen won the 54th annual Atlantic City Marathon on October 20, 2012, which happened to be his first full marathon in the United States. With the growing popularity of this race in Atlantic City, we can expect to see him compete there again as well as other large races around the country.

Four years ago, Berhanu Mekonen might not have chosen the Atlantic City Marathon for his first marathon since moving to the United States from Ethiopia.

But the once-struggling event is again among the nation's premier races.

Mekonen won the 54th Atlantic City Marathon and fellow Ethiopian Gedese Edeto was the women's champion Sunday. The event, which also included a half-marathon Sunday and a 10K (6.2 miles), 5K and kids 1-mile run Saturday, drew about 4,000 entrants.

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