Ethiopian Alemayahu defends Napa-to-Sonoma Half Marathon title

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If you thought you were watching a replay of last year’s finish of the annual Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, well, you were half right, because you did see the same winner, but it was this year’s eighth edition of the popular midsummer event, which took place Sunday.

Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayahu

Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayahu

It was again a day dominated by world-class African runners as Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayahu successfully defended his Wine Country Half Marathon title by edging Christian Hesch of Hollywood, and former Napa-to-Sonoma half-marathon champion Sergio Reyes of Palmdale.

Alemayahu, who last year broke the course record by nearly a minute with a time of 1 hour, 3.58 seconds, won this year’s race in 1:04:37, followed by Hesch’s second-place 1:04:52:3 and Reyes’ third-place 1:04:53:3.

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