5,000m: 13:12.40 (Tanger, 2008)
10,000m: 27:32.60 (Neerpelt, 2008)
Half Marathon: 59:19 (Abu Dhabi, 2010)
10/09/11 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (25K) Pacer 1:14:14
10/09/11 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (30K) Pacer 1:29:25
11/27/11 New Delhi Half Marathon 8th 1:00:59
Tilahun Regassa is a half marathon specialist who stepped up to the marathon distance this past fall—not to run the full distance, however, but to pace the leaders at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon through 30K. Regassa performed to perfection, resulting in a course record by Kenya’s Moses Mosop. It would appear that it’s only a matter of time before Regassa becomes a world-class marathoner in his own right.
Regassa owns an impressive half marathon personal best of 59:19, which he set in winning the 2010 Zayed International Half Marathon in Abu Dhabi. He also clocked 59:36 in Lille, France in 2008, and most recently notched a 1:00:59 performance at the 2011 New Delhi Half Marathon in November. Regassa represented Ethiopia at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, placing 11th.
In the summer of 2009, Regassa had an extremely successful turn on the U.S. road racing circuit, with victories at the Falmouth Road Race in Cape Cod, MA, the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, S.C., the Ukrops Monument Ave. 10 km in Richmond, VA, the Bolder Boulder 10 km in Boulder, CO, and a runner-up finish at the Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco, CA.