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Dallas Marathon Winner Upstaged by Relay Runner

A member of a relay team out-sprinted Shitaye Gemechu at the finish line and broke the tape.

A member of a relay team out-sprinted Shitaye Gemechu at the finish line and broke the tape.

The women’s champion at the Dallas Marathon had a few surprises at the finish of Sunday’s race.

For one, Shitaye Gemechu had to avoid a race vehicle as she turned onto the finishing straight, reports Culture Map Dallas. And if that wasn’t enough, Gemechu was upstaged at the finish line by an apparent relay runner, who out-sprinted the Ethiopian and broke the tape.

The runner, identified by Culture Map Dallas as Janice Moore, was part of a relay team and happened to be in the same place at the same time as Gemechu. Workers holding the finish line tape stood their ground as the two women sprinted to the line, with Moore edging Gemechu to the line.

Moore won the women’s race with a time of 2 hours, 46 minutes, 46 seconds. The winning relay team, Team Luke’s, finished in 2:30:40.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Moore was part of The Incredibles relay team, which placed sixth in 2:46:36. Moore’s bib number, 30417, matches the number given to The Incredibles on the results sheet.

“I was disappointed a little,” Gemechu told the Dallas Morning News. “For a moment, I thought I lost. I didn’t know where she came from.”

Gemechu said Moore apologized about the incident.

Jessica Harper of Austin, Texas placed second in the women’s race with a time of 2:50:23, while New Zealander Liza Galvan took third in 2:53:20.

Kenya swept the men’s marathon podium, with Kimutai Cheruiyot winning in 2:17:11 ahead of James Kirwa (2:18:11) and Stephen Muange (2:18:34).

Sara Hall took the women’s half marathon title in 1:12:26, with Caitlin Standifer (1:24:18) taking second and Jordan Bloesser (1:28:12) claiming third.

Logan Sherman (1:08:21) won the men’s half marathon ahead of Tanner Fruit (1:08:28) and Colby Lowe (1:09:51).