NY runner cruises to his second Charleston Distance Run victory
CHARLESTON — Bryan Morseman drove over seven hours with his wife and three kids from New York to Charleston with one goal in mind, and that was to win the 46th annual Charleston Distance Run.
Morseman did just that Saturday morning, cruising to a first-place finish in the 15-mile Charleston Distance Run with a time of 1:23:45, finishing more than five minutes ahead of second-place finisher Kevin Charette, a former University of Charleston cross country and track and field standout.
A total of 351 runners competed in the 15-miler and another 326 took part in the 5K run/walk, totaling 676, under warm conditions, starting at the Capitol Complex, going through South Hills, and finishing at University of Charleston Stadium.
Morseman dominated the event en route to his second first-place finish in the Distance Run. The 32-year-old from Bath, New York, also won the event in 2015.
Morseman is no stranger to success, having won 64 of 96 marathons in which he has competed. In his biggest accomplishment, he represented the United States in the 50K World Championships in Qatar in 2016, winning a team gold medal and finishing ninth individually.
Purity Murene, of Columbia, South Carolina, was the first female to cross the finish line in the 15-mile race, finishing in 1:34:43, nearly two minutes ahead of the runner-up, Holly Ann Swann of Huntington.
The 5K winners were Danielle Jividen, of Scott Depot (20:39.3, women), and Jason Pyles, of Elkins (16:41.8, men).