Big payday for Kimberley Smith in Boston

Last updated 09:34 08/10/2012
New Zealand's Kimberley Smith.
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IN THE MONEY: Kimberley Smith won the Boston half-marathon to win the Boston Athletic Association's three-race series and $US100,000.

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New Zealand marathon runner Kim Smith will be planning a one helluva honeymoon after collecting the biggest pay cheque of her career in Boston this morning (NZT).

The United States-based Kiwi Olympian, who married her longtime partner Pat Tarpy last month (the pair plan to go on their honeymoon after next month's New Yory City Marathon), won the women's title at the Boston half marathon today.

That alone isn't out of the ordinary for the prolific New Zealander, but by winning the race in one hour, 10 minutes and 57 seconds, Smith had the best overall combined time in a three-race series which also featured the Boston 5km and 10km events run earlier this year.

And the prize? A cool $US100,000, courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association who set up the series as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.

The 30-year-old from Papakura, who is based in Providence, Rhode Island, went into the half marathon with a 16s lead over Ethiopia's Aheza Kiros, so her strategy was to keep Kiros in sight but not push the pace.

''We were going so slow at the start. It was weird,'' said Smith, who ran with Kiros for the first half of the race before making a break.

''We were both throwing in some surges after about halfway and then at about the nine-mile mark I threw in one last surge and got away. I got a bit of a gap and just kept it going.''

Kiros eventually finished nearly two minutes behind Smith in 1:12:50.

The financial windfall, along with her wedding, has helped ease some of the pain of the London Olympic marathon in August, when Smith was bitterly disappointed to have finished 15th.

She was relieved that the race hadn't taken too much energy out of her as she eyes the New York marathon on November 4.

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