Incoming UW freshman Tibs Proctor wins men’s half-marathon

He finished first in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds, in front of three other runners who crossed the line less than a minute later.

With Sunday’s races starting at Husky Stadium, Tibs Proctor began his half-marathon on the campus where he could continue to find success for the next four years. Proctor, who graduated from The Northwest School on Tuesday, won the men’s half-marathon at the Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Sunday and will join UW’s cross country team in the fall.

He finished first in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds, in front of three other runners who crossed the line less than a minute later. Matt Chorney placed second, followed by Roosevelt Cook and Jonathan Obando in third and fourth, respectively.

During the hilly race, Proctor focused on the downhill stretches, where he ran with his arms dangling by his side.

“When you do this kind of race, basically if you know how to run downhill, that is the one that will win the race,” Proctor said. “If you push downhill, you’re not going to get tired because your body is moving you forward.”

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The 18-year-old, who would occasionally smile at spectators alongside the road, said the overcast day was ideal running weather. This was Proctor’s third half-marathon, but in the fall, he’ll be running 8K and 10K races for the Huskies.

On the women’s side, Jennifer Bergman crossed first with a time of 1:17:28 for the 13.1-mile race, while Heather Tanner clocked in nine seconds later.

“I was really glad (Tanner) came up,” said Bergman, who ran the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Trials. “I started to kind of relax, and then she came up and we were switching off. She pushed me.”

At times during the race, which featured a stretch along Lake Washington, Bergman said she concentrated on the lake because, unlike running, “water is peaceful.”

Next on Bergman’s agenda is the Chicago Marathon…

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