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Saturday, December 5, 2009

2009 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon

Went to Memphis for my first attempt at their Half Marathon race.  Nice set-up and temperature a brisk 32 degrees at race time but essentially no wind.  Begin in the first corral and out fast... too fast.  3 mile split of 18:31; 6 mile split of 37:30;  12 mile split of 1:17:03;  Break the line in 1:24:57.   Time is good for 30th place overall out of 3538 male runners and second in the Male age 40-44 group.  Beat the overall female runner by a whopping 20 seconds.  It was nip and tuck during the last 1.5 miles as I was finally able to pass her and hold on.

Male Overall Winners:  Half Marathon

1.  Matthew Albertson, 28, Clayton, MO  -------------------------1:13:12
2.  Christopher Winter, 27, Jackson, TN --------------------------1:13:29
3.  Daniel Roberts, 27, Monticello, KY   --------------------------1:14:34

Female Overall Winners:  Half Marathon

1.  Caroline Blatti, 35, Memphis, TN    ----------------------------1:25:17
2.  Angie Turner, 40, Hallsville, MO     ----------------------------1:26:33
3.  Candace Caveny, 39, Shilo, IL       ----------------------------1:27:14

Male Masters Winners:  (40 and Over)

1.  Jeff Haushalter, 42, Atlanta, GA      ----------------------------1:15:32
2.  Karl Lenser, 51, Conway, AR        ----------------------------1:19:02
3.  Mark Temme, 40, Memphis, TN    ----------------------------1:22:50

Cape Girardeau's Steve Schmittzehe finished the full marathon in 3:23 and qualified for the Boston Marathon.  Many, many other local runners ran in one of the three races held this weekend.  They had their choice of the 5K, half marathon or the full marathon.


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