Belay Tilahun won his New York City racing debut at the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half, taking the tape in 1:02:10 after overtaking Eritrea’s Daniel Mesfun in the home stretch. Tilahun shocked fans by finishing first after not even being a part of the professional athlete field.
Tilahun, who competes for West Side Runners, has a half-marathon personal-best of 1:01:51 from the 2016 Valencia Half Marathon and ran a 27:11 over 10,000 meters that same year at the Ethiopian Championships. More recently, he was the overall winner at the New Year’s Eve Sao Silvestre 15K race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is one of the largest and most famous races in South America.
- Date of Birth Jan 7, 1995
- Age 24
- Gender Male
- Country Ethiopia
- Residence Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|2019||United Airlines NYC Half||1st||1:02:10|
|2018||New Year’s Eve Sao Silvestre 15K||1st||45:03|
|2017||Sao Silvestre 15K||2nd||44:33|
|2016||Valencia Half Marathon||8th||1:01:51|
|2016||Ethiopian Championships 10,000 meters||4th||27:11.83|