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Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011 City of Roses Half Marathon

Cape Girardeau, MO -- September 18, 2011(Results @ Fleet Feet Sports Race Timing: )
(Race photos available from Goddard Photography: )

September 18th turned out to be a beautiful day to run the 2011 edition of the City of Roses Half Marathon.  The rain stayed away until after the race was completed to the delight of both runners and spectators.  Fleet Fleet racetiming of St. Louis provided the chip timing and race setup.  In addtion, dozens of local volunteers came out for race support to man the water stations as well as the numerous intersections for traffic control.  Once again, the course tested the will of the participants as each had to negotiate the rolling hills during the last 5K of the course including the Kingsway "killer" hill just past the 10 mile water station.  This section of the course often takes a toll on even the fittest of runners and this year was no exception.

228 runners finished the 13.1 mile course.  A group of post-collegiate runners went out fast and ran close for the first 5 miles of the race before the leader created a gap on the rest of the field.  Kevin McNab, a former SEMO and Texas A&M runner, won with a time of 1:09:49.  Debbie Kerber, one of the elite Master's runners in the Midwest, ran away with the overall women's title in 1:34:14.  Angie Banning and Kevin Hammes won their respective Master's categories.

111 women and 117 men finished the race.

1.  Kevin McNab, 25            1:09:49
2.  Chris Losemn, 23            1:14:05
3.  Cody Martin, 22              1:14:26
4.  Ryan Lane, 27                 1:14:35
5.  Caleb Zustiak, 34             1:19:58

1.  Debbie Kerber, 46                       1:34:14
2.  Christine Williams-Mrotek, 46   1:38:31
3.  Brigitte Kinnamen, 32                  1:39:21
4.  Elizabeth Kleinlehrer, 36             1:41:09
5.  Presi Sams, 42                              1:43:52

Men:  Kevin Hammes, 46           1:21:29
Women:  Angie Banning, 40        1:49:19

19 and U :  Alison Rexroat, 19 1:44:04/  Austin Koenig, 19 1:33:10
20-24 y/o:   Haley Bohnert, 23 1:53:45/  Blake Davenport, 24 1:26:15
25-29 y/o:   Erin Landon, 26 1:44:54/      Brett Hale   1:29:35
30-34 y/o:    Janell Kiersnowski, 30 1:44:54/   Tripp Logan, 34   1:30:39
35-39 y/o:    Chellie Jannin, 38  1:44:24/   Paul Fliege, 35  1:20:24 and **6th OA finisher.
40-44 y/o:    Adrienne Poe, 40  1:52:09/    Doug Ambler, 41 1:31:43
45-49 y/o:    Tina Lurk, 47 1:53:37/         Steve Schmittzehe, 47 1:32:11 with nearly perfect splits
50-54 y/o:    Kris Sherrill, 51 2:08:46      Dale Hoffman, 50 1:32:08
55-59 y/o:    Susan Aud, 56 2:10:02         Bill Kutz, 58 1:37:23
60-64 y/o:    Mary Behrens, 62 2:39:03   David Etheridge, 63 1:51:46
65-99 y/o:   ***Arnold Mueller, 80 2:34:45   The oldest HM finisher    

Notables:  Taylor Vaughan of Cape Girardeau, MO, one week after competing in the World Half-Ironman Triathlon in Henderson, Nevada ran a 1:28:29 on what had to be tired legs.  This finish earned him second place in the 24 runner 35-39 y/o age division behind marathon ace Paul Fliege of Jackson, MO.
  • 24 men competed in the 35-39 age division
  • 21 men competed in the 45-49 age division
  • 18 women competed in the 35-39 age division
  • 55 men were Master's runners

2011 City of Roses Half Marathon.  Field of 228.

Overall Winner Kevin McNab.  Chip Time 1:09:49.

Third Overall Cody Martin and Fourth Overall Ryan Lane.

Masters Overall Winner Kevin Hammes.

The Force and The Nash-Man.  (Photo by Robert Hearnes.)

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