For the second straight year, a Flagstaff-based runner finished in second place at the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, New York.
Diane Nukuri, who lives and trains in Flagstaff and is a dual citizen of the United States and Burundi, clocked a 16:06 on Saturday for the runner-up spot, which last year went to Stephanie Bruce of NAZ Elite. The 34-year-old used a downhill stretch around the two-mile mark to take the lead, but Elaina Tabb closed hard on another downhill toward the finish for the victory in 16:03.
Nukuri had recently competed in early May's Prague Marathon for a 10th-place finish in 2:33:37. NAZ Elite, which trains in Flagstaff, also had a runner in that race in Kellyn Taylor, who took fourth place on the women's side. With Saturday's runner-up finish at one of the world's largest all-female 5Ks, Nukuri claimed a cash prize of $5,000.
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Nukuri and Tabb had traded the lead twice on the course that begins near West Capitol Park.
A total of 3,445 participants competed, and Tabb earned a $10,000 prize in her first time competing in the prestigious annual road race that was celebrating its 41st year.