Macias wins second annual Huntsville Marathon with record time of 2:19:36
Huntsville, UT (September 28, 2013)
The 2nd annual Utah Orthopaedics and America First Credit Union Huntsville Marathon, welcomed nearly 1800 runners to this scenic mountain town on Saturday. Runners were met with amazing scenery, cool temps and a speedy downhill course. Perfect conditions for a fast, world class marathon.
Mario Macias, 31, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, earned $1000 and claimed the title of overall winner and course record holder as he sprinted to an impressive 2:19:36 finish. His time was the fastest time of any Utah Marathon since 2011, when Hillary Kibet Cheruiyot crossed the finish line of the Utah Valley Marathon at 2:19:17.
Macias' time bested Brett Hales, 26, Ogden native and Weber State University standout, by more than 14 minutes. Hales, who won this year's Deseret News Marathon, posted a time of 2:34:01. Lars Kjerengtroen, 34 of Salt Lake, was next at 2:35:12.
Devra Vierkant, 37 of Sandy UT, took home the top Women's spot and a $1000 check with a time of 2:47:10. Jennifer Valentine, 31, also of Steamboat Springs CO was second at 2:53:47. Angie Beebe, 34 and last year's winner of South Weber UT, finished third.
In the Half marathon, Bret Ferrier, 30 of Ogden had a $500 payday with his winning time and course record of 1:11:35. Bryce Peterson, 29 of Pleasant Grove UT placed second with a time of 1:16:15 while James Moore, 28 of Salt Lake rounded out the top three in the Men's division.
Rachelle Wardle, 27 of Payson UT took home the $500 check in the Half Marathon Women's division by posting a time of 1:21:39. Wardle also captured the course record. Just 36 seconds behind her was Mandy Foster, 29 of Millville UT, who had a time of 1:22:15. Alyssa Girado, 33 of Ogden, placed third with a time of 1:25:06.
In just its second year, the Huntsville Marathon has established itself as one of the premier marathons in Utah. The marathon committee believes that now the word is out, Utah's fastest ever of 2:15:16, set by the late Olympian Paul Cummings at the St. George marathon in 1981, will fall at next year's race on September 27, 2014.
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