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Well traveled: Veteran runner claims first marathon victory

More than 1,500 runners competed in various races from Shenk Field at 23rd and Iowa Sunday, April 18, 2010 during the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon.

More than 1,500 runners competed in various races from Shenk Field at 23rd and Iowa Sunday, April 18, 2010 during the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon.

April 19, 2010

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Runners take to Lawrence streets

The first local marathon of the spring season kicked off Sunday with a large turnout. The event led runners past several Lawrence landmarks on their way to hitting the 26-mile mark. Enlarge video

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The Bentonville, Ark., home of runner Dave Weston features no shortage of race T-shirts.

They’re everywhere, he says, a collection accumulated over the years thanks to an ambitious road-racing schedule that has taken the 38-year-old through various states — Texas, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, to name a few — and subsequently left him with diminishing closet space.

“My wife gives me a hard time because I have more running shoes and (race) T-shirts than I know what to do with,” he said following Sunday’s Kansas Marathon. “I have T-shirts that are 15 years old.”

His newest one is certainly worth hanging onto. Weston earned his first overall marathon victory Sunday morning, finishing the 26.2-mile course through Lawrence in 2:50:11 to out-pace runner-up Cal Thoman by more than 21⁄2 minutes.

Racing in the city’s first marathon in recent memory — unlike in previous years, the 2010 Kansas Marathon schedule included a full marathon — Weston jumped to an early lead and had little trouble maintaining it.

Sunday’s race marked the 16th state in which he has completed a marathon, and if things go the way he hopes over the next several years — he already has additional marathons planned for November (Indiana) and December (Alabama) of this year — he plans to have raced in marathons in all 50 states by age 55.

A map of the Kansas Marathon half marathon route.

A map of the Kansas Marathon half marathon route.

A map of the full marathon route used in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon.

A map of the full marathon route used in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon.

“Each marathon is a different experience; they’re all a little different in their own way,” he said. “So this was great. I’ve never finished first before, so it’s pretty exciting. It’s a whole different feeling being the first one coming in.”

By many accounts, the 2010 version of the Kansas Marathon went swimmingly, from the spike in participation — more than 1,600 competitors registered for the 5K, half-marathon and marathon races, significantly more than ’09 — to the weather, which was near-perfect throughout the morning, to a course that proved adequately challenging.

“That last hill on Clinton (Parkway), I could have done without that,” said Topeka’s Michelle Andrew, who won the women’s marathon in 3:26:36. “The rest of the hills didn’t bother me too much, but that last one after (the 23rd-mile marker)? Yeah, that was tough.”

It was also an encouraging day for local runners, as the top-five lists of each of the three races were speckled with Lawrence residents.

The day’s most impressive performance, however, belonged to Sammy Rotich, who took the half-marathon title in dominating fashion, finishing more than 13 minutes ahead of the next-fastest competitor and setting the course record with a time of 1:08:34 — a time he says he’d like to improve upon in 2011.

“If I get a chance next year, I’ll be here,” said Rotich, who made the trip from West Des Moines, Iowa. “I hold the course record for here ... but I’ve got to come back and figure out how to break it again.”

Rick Stahl was the top finisher in the men’s 5K with a time of 17:11, while Eudora’s Marjorie Hedden was first in the women’s race in 20:50. Dannah Chambers of Lee’s Summit, Mo., won the women’s half-marathon, clocking 1:35:22.

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d_prowess 4 years ago

Anyone wanting to run a 5K race this weekend through KU's campus? Sign up here: http://people.ku.edu/~msc/hilltop/

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Kash_Encarri 4 years ago

Eride and Alum I am glad to hear that you both had a good experience. I didn't mean to imply that each aid station should have had gel packets, though as I re-read my posting I can see where you would think that is what I was saying. Our aid station, we were instructed that the next station was going to have gel only to find out that we had been providing incorrect information and it was two aid stations further. Then we found out that the aid station that had it ran out. That woud be a tough one for me especially when the website indicates that they are supplying it. The other thing was on the energy drink. I don't know how many times we heard runner "Gatorade?", station worker "energy drink", runner "if it's that stuff they have at the other stations I'll take water. Thanks for being out here for us though."

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EasyTiger 4 years ago

So who's bright idea was it to blast Tears For Fears at 6 AM yesterday?

I live a mile away and was nearly blasted out of bed by the music and the PA system. I know I can't be the only one who was ripped out of bed by this, hell at first I thought my neighbors had decided to throw an 80's party at 6 in the morning.

It was a goddamn Sunday morning for crying out loud.

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Kash_Encarri 4 years ago

"By many accounts, the 2010 version of the Kansas Marathon went swimmingly..."

Tell that to the runners in the marathon who endured aid stations that ran out of energy packets (or never even had them) and energy drink (sorry no, it's not Gatorade, but it's not water either).

Dave looked solid when he passed through our aid station, and congrats on the top finish, but there were others that were expecting/needing items that we never had available for them. For you naysayers out there thinking the runners should have been prepared, I'm only talking about things that other races provide along the course not anything special.

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