Nick Arciniaga, one of the nation's top long-distance runners and a member of Team Under Armour, outlasted defending champion Craig Leon to win the 2015 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on Saturday, May 2 in downtown Columbus.
Arciniaga, of Flagstaff, Ariz., finished in 1:05:56. Leon, an Ohio University graduate now living and training in Eugene, Ore., ran 1:06:40. The two ran together through approximately 8 miles.
“I wanted to come out here to preview the course and check things out,” Arciniaga told The Columbus Dispatch after the race. “It's a very positive atmosphere here. The energy was great, and the crowd pushed me along when I need it the most.”
Arciniaga, 31, and Leon, 30, made promotional appearances and participated in the Capital City Half Marathon in advance of the event hosting the Men's and Women's USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2016 and 2017.
“If the weather is like it is today, there could be some national records set on this course,” Arciniaga told The Dispatch. “I'll definitely be here the next two years to try to defend this title.”
In the women's half marathon, Ellie Hess, 32, of Chesterland, Ohio, won in 1:18:50, while defending champion Tina Husted, 42, of Upper Arlington, was second in 1:21:19.
Kristine Eifert, 26, of Englewood, Ohio, won the Patrón Quarter Marathon in 40:49, while Jason Homorody, 41, of Lewis Center, Ohio, was the top male finisher in 41:27.
Sam Stevens-Jones, 18, of Athens, Ohio, was the top finisher in the Commit To Be Fit 5K at 16:44, while Carla Sess, 44, of Poland, Ohio, was the top female finisher at 20:25.