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Sunday, September 20, 2009

City of Roses Half Marathon/5K

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
September 20, 2009

Good crowd for the 2009 running of Cape's longest distance event.  Warm day and it will probably take it's toll on the participants.  I run the first three miles of the course in 17:43 attempting to maintain pace with the two leaders;  This mistake makes the rest of the race uncomfortable.  However, end up placing second overall to Jon Williams of Miami, Florida and pick up the Master's title in 1:22:33.  This is my fastest half-marathon to-date so happy with the result.  Williams runs 1:18:00.2 for a 5:57/mile pace.  Jenna Griffith of Marion, Illinois wins the overall female title with a 1:34:42 and Rosie Laughlin of Springfield, MO takes the Female Master's crown with a 1:35:29.  The final 5K of this course is a challenge and they definitely saved the biggest hills for the end.    - KHammes

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