SPOKANE -- Kenya's Simon Ndirangu out-kicked countryman Allan Kiprono over the final 250 meters to win one of the closest men's races in Bloomsday's 35-year history by 1 second.
Ndirangu covered the 12 kilometers in Spokane in 33 minutes, 58 seconds. He collected a $7,000 winner's check.
In the women's race, Misiker Mekonnin held off fellow Ethiopian Wude Ayalew in a sprint finish after the two broke away from a pack of six as they turned off Broadway onto Monroe for the final 250-meter downhill finish to capture $7,000.
Mekonnin finished in 40:25 -- 1 second ahead of Ayalew.
The top five finishers were separated by a mere 6 seconds, and the top 10 all broke 41 minutes. And four Ethiopians were in the top five.
Benton City's Chelsea McClammer finished second in the WheelChair Junior Women's division, finishing in 43:23, 46 seconds behind Amberlynn Weber of Greenacres.
McClammer's time would have placed her seventh in the women's open division. Complete results were not available Sunday.