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Brit wins one for the bucket in men's Bluegrass 10K

Bluegrass 10,000 winner Stuart Moran now lives in Asheville, N.C., but returned to Kentucky to compete this year.
Bluegrass 10,000 winner Stuart Moran now lives in Asheville, N.C., but returned to Kentucky to compete this year.

That Bucket List of things to do in Kentucky?

You might want to add "win the Bluegrass 10,000."

Stuart Moran checked that off his list Monday morning, pulling away to win the 35th annual footrace.

His time for the 6.2 miles was 31 minutes, 22 seconds. That ties for 26th all-time among the race winners.

The 2009 champion, David Mutuse, was second in 31:48, followed by last year's winner, Patrick Morgan, in 32:23.

"This has been one of those races that I've always wanted to win," said Moran, a Berea College graduate. "It's been on my bucket list. I'm about to turn 35 (July 19), and I thought, if I don't come back to Lexington and run it this year, I'm going to get too old."

Moran, a native of Brighton, England, now lives near Asheville, N.C., where he works in a mental-health adult daycare program. He last ran the Bluegrass in 2003, when he placed third. He was runner-up in 2002.

Monday, by the time the top three exited Vine Street onto Richmond Road, they were more than a block ahead of their closest pursuers.

Mutuse, a Kenyan who competes for Eastern Kentucky University, had a lead of perhaps 40 yards on Moran and Morgan.

Already, though, Mutuse said, he wasn't feeling good.

Thirsty, he took on water, stalked by Moran.

"I just kind of tucked in until the turnaround (near Shriners Hospital), and he accelerated up the hill," Moran said. "I thought maybe, well, he just had something in reserve. I thought 'I don't think I can go with this.'

"And then he got to the top of the hill by the golf course (Idle Hour Country Club) and just completely started jogging."

When Moran blew by, Mutuse had no answer.

"I knew I was weak," Mutuse said, "so I didn't want to push with him so much."

Mutuse finished 23 seconds off his winning time of 2009, although the course was changed slightly this year due to downtown construction.

Morgan ran 43 seconds slower than a year ago.

Musa Kimuli, a Ugandan who competes for EKU, took fourth in 33:38. Antonio Marchi, a Berea College runner out of Henry Clay High School, finished another second behind.

■ Greg Queen of Lily led all the way to win the men's hand-cycle wheelchair division for the seventh year in a row. His time of 17:52 is superior to last year's 19:14 on the regular course.

Including wins in the 1998 and '99 push-wheelchair divisions, Queen has nine Bluegrass titles. He has the top two times and five of the top six ever in the race.

Lexington's David Hartsek, who has five titles in the push-wheelchair and one in hand-cycle, was the only other entrant Monday. He finished in 28:22, knocking 1:09 off his time of a year ago.

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