Tony Nogueira won the wheelchair division in record time yesterday at the 28th annual Broad Street Run.
Nogueira, who lives in Glen Ridge, N.J., was not the only one who set a record pace in the 10-mile race sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.
Kenya's Patrick Cheruiyot established a new men's record in his first try on Broad Street. Naomi Wangui captured the women's race.
Nogueira won for the fifth straight year, completing the course in 32 minutes, 5 seconds to shatter his 2003 record of 34:43.
The 21-year-old Cheruiyot established a new standard in 45:14, beating the previous mark of 45:16 set by Simon Wangai in 2002.
Wangui finished in 53:43 to defeat defending champion Olga Romanova of Russia, who came in second in 54:14.
The 16,330 competitors who registered for the Broad Street Run, which is the second-biggest 10-mile race in the nation, were the most ever.
The event began at Broad and Somerville and ended at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
The 5-foot-8, 120-pound Cheruiyot ran alongside 5-4, 114-pound countryman Benson Cheruiyot, a friend who shares his last name, for almost the entire race. It wasn't until the last 30 meters that Patrick Cheruiyot pulled away and dashed to victory. The runner-up finished in 45:19.
The Cheruiyots train together in West Chester.
The runners had the benefit of a tailwind yesterday, and the 5-1, 98-pound Wangui took advantage.
She gained the lead after three miles and never relinquished it. It was her first time in the Broad Street Run. Wangui said she was challenged only once as she headed to the finish line.
"I tried to push it, and maybe she would lose hope," said the 28-year-old winner, who finished 38th overall.
Nogueira took the lead from the beginning in the wheelchair division. One year, Nogueira won after losing a wheel. Last spring, he also was successful after overcoming a crash.
This time, Nogueira's priority was to avoid any calamities.
"I was cautious this time," said Nogueira, who had a flat tire at a race in Boston last month. "I slowed down a bit in the beginning, and then I tried to make up the time. You never know what can happen. So many things go into the equation. Something can go wrong, and you can be out in two seconds."
Nogueira, who will compete in Denver on May 20, had no trouble yesterday as he basically competed against himself.
Gary Brendel, the second-place finisher, came in more than four minutes after Nogueira.
"I didn't plan on beating Tony today," said the 48-year-old Brendel, an engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who defeated Nogueira at the Falmouth (Mass.) Road Race in August. "He's really good on the flats, and this course was really flat. I've got the hill advantage, so I knew I would not outsprint him here."