A woman (R) takes pictures of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Americans celebrating the beauty of Washington’s landmark pink cherry blossoms this spring have at heart the tragedies jolting Japan, which gave the trees to the United States. More than 27,000 people are dead or missing, and two weeks after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the aging nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, rescue work is still under way to avoid a major nuclear disaster. As many as one million people are expected to stream through the Mall esplanade area during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 26 through April 10. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kenyan man set a course record in the annual 10-mile Credit Union Cherry Blossom run over the weekend.
Race officials say Allan Kiprono, who came in second last year, ran the course Sunday in 45 minutes, 15 seconds.
Women’s defending champ Jelliah Tinega, of Kenya, won the race again this year. She finished the course in 54:02.
Thousands participated in the 40th annual event, as well as the Cherry Blossom 5K Run-Walk and the 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run.
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