More Than 2,700 Compete In Fourth Annual Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon®

Mikael Kahsy of The Bronx and Tigst Tufademiss of Bronx won the fourth annual Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon® At Flushing Meadows Corona Park today in Queens, N.Y. Joshua Lerch of Manhattan and Lauren Valentino of Fleetwood, N.Y.
By: US Road Sports & Entertainment
Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon®
Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon®
FLUSHING, N.Y. - March 23, 2013 - PRLog -- More than 2,700 competitors ran, jogged and walked today's Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon® and 5K on a brisk windy morning at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Mikael Kahsy, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., completed the half-marathon in a time of 1:08:30, edging out second-place finisher Tesfaye Girma by seven seconds.  Tigst Tufademiss, 26, of Bronx, was the women's half-marathon winner, finishing in 1:17:29, breezing through the finish line looking fresh enough to run another half-marathon.

Devang Patel of North Bergen, N.J., dressed as John Travolta's “Tony Manero” character in the hit movie Saturday Night Fever, began the race in last place and passed 2,209 runners, earning a $1 donation for each ($2,209 total) by US Road Sports to benefit N.J. Shore cleanup.

“It was hard to start from the back,” said Patel.  When I was dying out, all I was thinking about was restoring the shore, and I’m from Jersey, so I just wanted to get past every person possible.”

The 13.1-mile race featured 2,270 runners while the 5K attracted around 500 competitors.

“It was very cold, but I’m very happy to win this race,” said Kahsy. “With two miles left, I was 100 percent sure I’d win.”

“I took the lead around the nine-mile mark,” said Tufademiss. I’m very happy to win.”

In the 5K race, Joshua Lerch, 31, of Manhattan took the men's championship with a time of 16:09.  Lauren Valentino, 35, of Fleetwood, N.Y., was the women's winner, finishing in 20:49, throwing her hands in the air as she crossed the finish line, elated with her win.

“It feels great, I thought I had a good chance to win,” said Lerch. My time wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be, but it’s windy and cold and not perfect conditions, but feels good.

“It feels awesome, love it,” said Valentino on winning. “Perfect day for it too.”

The Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon® is the third in the eight-city Series, which includes races in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and Miami Beach.  Connect with the 13.1 Marathon Series via Facebook at or on Twitter at @131Marathon.  

The disco-themed day was capped by “Disco Down in Queens” a post-race party like no other, in which fans enjoyed free beer provided by Michelob ULTRA in the Queens Museum of Art and a disco party with the funkiest of funk bands.

Allstate® Life Insurance has partnered with non-profit organization Give Your Sole to collect moderately-used athletic shoes before and after the Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon®. Runners donated shoes at participating 13.1 Marathon® packet pick-up locations, some giving the shoes right off their feet after crossing the finish line in exchange for a free pair of flip flops.

The Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon® is the third in the eight-city Series, which includes races in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and Miami Beach.  Connect with the 13.1 Marathon Series via Facebook at or on Twitter at @131Marathon.  

The event also featured the popular Finish Line Festival, featuring entertainers, games and interactive experiences.  A cool-down station provided race finishers with bottled water and cool towels, while massage therapists were on hand to help alleviate post-race aches and pains of runners.

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation  is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re in Good Hands with Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

About US Road Sports
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  World Vision serves close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon®
March 23, 2013, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

1 Mikael Kahsay, Bronx, N.Y., 1:08:30
2 Tesfaye Girma, Queens, N.Y., 1:08:37
3 Takele Gebreliul, New York, 1:08:52
4 Tariku Bokan, New York, 1:09:20
5 Jerry Faulkner, Queens, N.Y., 1:09:54

1 Tigist Tufa, Bronx, N.Y., 1:17:29
2 Hirut Beyene, New York, 1:17:35
3 Tsehay Gebre, New York, 1:17:36
4 Marsha Milan-Bethel, Bronx, N.Y., 1:25:59
5 Guadalupe Merlos, Miami, 1:27:36

Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 5K

1 Joshua Lerch, New York, 16:09
2 Aaron Nieves, Howard Beach, N.Y., 17:25
3 Richard Brienza, Floral Park, N.Y., 17:40
4 Eduardo Aponte, Ridgewood, N.Y., 18:40
5 Stefan Kuss, New York, 20:14

1 Lauren Valentino, Fleetwood, N.Y., 20:47
2 Ashley Bartle, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 22:56
3 Katrina Bernardo, Jamaica, N.Y., 23:17
4 Lindley Neugebauer, Merrick, N.Y., 24:24
5 Silvia Ozkan, 24:36
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