Johnson Wins Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half

The Team USA runner successfully defended her title.

The Team USA runner successfully defended her title.

What follows is a press release from Running USA.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – November 10, 2013  Runners at the fourth edition Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon had to wait five weeks for today’s event, but it was worth the wait as they were treated to perfect weather conditions.

Originally slated for Sunday, October 6, the 13.1-mile USATF-sanctioned footrace fell victim to last month’s U.S. government shutdown. The course’s first eight miles run through the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, a national park, which was affected when employees of the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police were temporarily furloughed.

The new date, the only available one through Christmas which worked for all six jurisdictions involved with the unique course, was not ideal for a large number of entrants, who deferred their registrations to 2014.

However, the 1,739 runners who gathered at Mount Vernon this morning were treated to racing conditions rarely so favorable, as well as fall foliage still intact this late in the season along the parkway.

Girma Gebre and Kellyn Johnson both enjoyed the ideal conditions and ran away to victory, earning the crown in the Road Runners Club of America National Half Marathon Championships.

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