He edged his cousin, Haron Lagat, by three seconds. Tyler Pennel finished third (28:49).
Stephanie Bruce, age 34, finished first for the elite women in 32:21. Bernard Lagat, age 43, finished first for the elite men with a time of 28:35. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)
“I really wanted this,” Lagat said. “When I came, I said I’m going to go to the coast. Other people were going, ‘Why are you going? You were there last year.’ And I’m like, ‘I want to see it again.’ Because it was like so many places I didn’t know last year. I didn’t know what kind of strategies I would use in order for me to get an advantage.”
Lagat, 43, said he knew he hit the four-mile mark when they crossed the bridge. So he ran the next mile as if the race was going to end at mile five (the race is 6.2 miles), because it was the only hill.
That proved successful. When they hit the last mile, he knew he would finish at least third. He stayed with fellow multi-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, which he said added motivation, before passing him.
It was Lagat’s first win in a 10K.