Antonio Marchi ran away from the field in the Bluegrass 10K on Monday, taking an early lead and never looking back to win the 40th annual race through downtown Lexington for the third time in four years.
The 27-year old Lexington resident posted a time of 32:25, more than a minute faster than second-place finisher Alex Mortimer, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Tates Creek High School. Marchi finished third in 2015 after winning the race in 2013 and 2014.
Marchi pulled ahead of the pack moments into the race just before the first turn from Main Street onto North Limestone. He opened a huge lead during the stretch from North Limestone to Third Street where runners are forced to deal with a long, steady incline and crossed the first mile marker with a time of 5:03.
Marchi said as soon as he got a look at his pace he knew it was his race to lose.
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“When I went through the first mile in 5:03 I was impressed,” he said. “After that first mile I knew that it was very likely I was gonna win and it happened.”
Mortimer, who runs for the Tates Creek cross country team, has competed in the Bluegrass 10K for the last three years. His time of 33:32 is a personal record, topping his time of 34:02 from last year’s race when he finished eighth.
Mortimer was neck-and-neck for most of the race with 18-year-old Danville resident Austin Anderson, who finished third with a time of 33:41.
Greg Queen, a 41-year-old native of Lily, won the crank wheelchair division for the 12th-straight year with a time of 19:55.
Click here to view complete results for the 2016 Bluegrass 10,000.