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Running: Buffalo Marathon winners

The thought came to me on Sunday afternoon that I had no idea how many runners had defended a victory in the Buffalo Marathon. That's because I didn't have an all-time list of the winners.

And now, we do.

I've gone back to 1989 to compile this list. This covers the races that were called the Buffalo Marathon, and not Skylon or Buffalo-Niagara (those were held in the 1980s.). It turns out that Kiplangat Tisia is the third male runner to go back-to-back. Three women also have reached that milestone.

A big thank-you goes to Jeff John from buffalorunners.com, where most of the data comes from.  I suppose I could have all sorts of fun figuring out the biggest and smallest margin of victory. But not right now.

Men’s winners
2015 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:15:59
2014 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:17:16
2013 - Zerihun Ambaye Etalema - New York - 2:23:05
2012 - Josephat Ongeri - Kenya - 2:20:26
2011 - Jynocel Baswetl - Marietta, Ga. - 2:25:30
2010 - Mohammed Awol - Ethiopia - 2:19:04
2009 - Jason Lokwatom - Troy, Ohio - 2:24:44
2008 - Habtamu Bekele - Ethiopia - 2:26:05
2007 - Jacob Chamar - Chapel Hill, NC - 2:17:55
2006 - Jynocel Basweti - Chapel Hill, NC - 2:19:15
2005 - Moses Cheserek - Kenya - 2:23:12
2004 - Kassahun Kabiso - Ethiopia - 2:25:50
2003 - Shingirai Badza - Zimbabwe - 2:22:49
2002 - Steve Wilson - Lafayette, Ind. - 2:30:09
2001 - David O’Keeffe - Orchard Park - 2:29:24
1999 - Mark Looney - Middletown, Conn. - 2:39:29
1998 - Mark Looney - Middletown, Conn. - 2:35:39
1997 - Paul Root - Hamilton, Ont. - 2:40:59
1996 - Paul Root - Hamilton, Ont. - 2:35:43
1995 - Mitch Sokolowski - Hamilton, Ont. - 2:34:05
1994 - Paul Root - Hamilton, Ont. - 2:34:32
1993 - David O’Keeffe - Orchard Park - 2:29:36
1992 - Mitch Sokolowski - Hamilton, Ont. - 2:30:29
1991 - Rick Mannen - Brantford, Ont. - 2:22:35
1990 - Terry Stanley - Eldred, Pa. - 2:28:15
1989 - Bob Fancher - Fultonville - 2:34:27

Women’s winners
2015 - Hirut Guangul - New York - 2:39:01
2014 - Waynishet Abebe - Washington - 2:55:08
2013 - Muliye Gurmu - New York - 2:51:15
2012 - Elena Orlova - Russia - 2:43:48
2011 - Veronika Lopatina - Russia - 2:44:39
2010 - Amy Frazier - East Amherst - 3:10:26
2009 - Elena Orlova - Gaithersburg, Md. - 2:42:44
2008 - Meserte Kotu - Ethiopia - 2:43:10
2007 - Jessica Allen - Hampton Bays - 2:56:33
2006 - Lynn Dempsey - St. Catharines, Ont. - 3:02:31
2005 - Lete Berhe - Ethiopia - 2:47:48
2004 - Leslie Carson - Cambridge, Ont. - 2:57:32
2003 - Holly Koester - Cleveland - 2:56:00
2002 - Holly Koester - Cleveland - 3:08:55
2001 - Christine Agnew - Alden, Tex. - 3:12:10
1999 - Karen Kemmis - Syracuse - 3:03:49
1998 - Bridget Niland - Williamsville - 3:09:31
1997 - Bridget Niland - Williamsville - 3:04:57
1996 - Holly McIlvaine - Erie, Pa. - 2:57:31
1995 - Karen Stopyra - Tully - 2:56:39
1994 - Diane Tedford - Dalton, Mass. - 3:00:19
1993 - Amy Harloff - Williamsville - 3:11:55
1992 - Naomi Laing - Waterloo, Ont. - 2:59:58
1991 - Beth Anne DeCiantis - Rochester - 2:44:57
1990 - Beth Anne DeCiantis - Rochester - 3:00:15
1989 - Kathleen A. Graim - Williamsville - 3:03:11

-- Budd Bailey

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