Beaverton, OR.  Rose Festival Half Marathon hit the streets of Beaverton under cool but sunny skies. Starting and finishing at Southridge High School the route ran through southeast Beaverton neighborhoods and along the popular Fanno Creek Greenway Trail. (Photo credit, Tim Adams, Portland Rose Festival)

Winning his first half marathon, cross country runner Christopher Nussbaum coasted across the finish line in 1:21:32 almost three minutes ahead of second place finisher Eric Valdes.

The women’s race brought the excitement level up as the top three runners finished within seconds of each other. 

New York student Ingrid Wells, in her first visit to Portland, won in 1:31:12, nineteen seconds ahead of second place Colleen Rocereto who came in just ahead of third place runner Amanda Gervasi by 9 seconds.

                        WINNERS – MEN

                        Christopher Nussbaum           1:21:32

                        Eric Valdes                              1:24:25

                        David Hopper                          1:28:32

                        WINNERS – WOMEN

                        Ingrid Wells                             1:31:12

                        Colleen Rocereto                    1:31:31

                        Amanda Gervasi                     1:31:42

From The Rose Festival:

The Rose Festival, in partnership with the Portland Marathon, extends a big thank you to Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and the great City of Beaverton, including the Beaverton Police, Beaverton School District, and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District for their tremendous support of this sunny Sunday morning race. The Rose Festival Half Marathon is also supported by Kuni Lexus of Portland, Crunch Fitness, The Oregonian, FOX12, Alpha Media, and Nike.

The Portland Rose Festival is one of the first signs of summer. People come from far and wide to revel in the variety of culturally rich events happening during the months of May and June. Whether you are craving cotton candy and a spin on the CityFair Ferris wheel, want to dance your cares away at a RoZone Concert, or bask in the sun as amazing, all-floral floats drift through downtown in the Grand Floral Parade, there is an event for festival lovers of any age.

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