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Biwott Earns Second Rock N Roll Win

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Stanley Biwott has done it again. The Kenya-raised track star won the Rock ‘n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon for the second-straight year in 59 minutes and 36 seconds. The 27-year-old, who broke away from countrymen Edwin Kipyego (third, 60:04) and Cybrian Kotut (second, 59:59) just past the 6-mile mark, ran the fastest half marathon on U.S. soil this year on a record-eligible course in the U.S. this year (Bernard Koech ran 58:41 in San Diego this past June) and the second fastest time in this event's 36-year history.

"This victory was very important to me," said Biwott, who improved upon his winning time from last year by 27 seconds. "I knew that I had some speed in preparation for New York [City Marathon]. It was encouraging because I improved my time from last year. I trained very well for this race and I knew I was in good shape."

Organizers report an estimated 22,000 runners from all 50 states and 19 countries participated in the 36th annual event, which started at Eakins Oval and weaved through downtown and past Independence Hall before running along the Schuylkill River and finishing in front of the historic Philadelphia Art Museum.

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