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2009 Atlanta Marathon And Half Marathon Recap

  • By Race Coverage
  • Published Nov. 30, 2009

Michael Green, Janet Cherobon, Nathan Tew and Eileen Torres Claim Victories in the 2009 Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon

Atlanta, November 26, 2009 – With over 11,000 registered runners, 2009 marked another great year for this Atlanta Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon. With 10,025 registered participants, the 2009 Atlanta Half Marathon was the second largest in the race’s history.  The Atlanta Marathon had 1,042 registered runners.  Along with the marathon and half marathon, the event also featured the Kilometer Kid’s One Mile Fun Run for children ages seven to twelve.

“We saw strong performances from some of the area’s most talented runners today,” stated Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.  “These performances coupled with great runner turnout and the wonderful weather made for the perfect start to the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Michael Green, 33 of Troy, Alabama, brought home his third Atlanta Half Marathon victory crossing the finish line with an official gun time of 1:06:35 – just under a minute faster than his 2008 finish time of 1:07:23.  “I was hoping to do a little better than last year, but didn’t expect to beat it [my time] by almost a full minute,” commented Green.  Green, who also won the 2006 Atlanta Half Marathon, and second place finisher, Andrew Fuller of Rome, Georgia, battled it out through mile nine prior to Green pulling ahead to victory.

In the women’s half marathon race, Janet Cherobon, 31 of Rome, Georgia, crossed the finish line first with an official gun time of 1:15:26.    Cherobon’s time was the second best women’s time on this course, just 41 seconds shy of the women’s course record of 1:14:45 set in 2000 by Valerie M. Young.  “I’m really excited and hopefully I’ll be back next year,” stated Cherobon.  This was Cherobon’s, first time participating in the Atlanta Half Marathon.

Nathan Tew, 21of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was the first finisher in the 2009 Atlanta Marathon crossing the line with an official gun time of 2:34:24.  Tew, a graduate of Brookwood High School and Georgia Tech student, took the lead early and stayed strong through the finish. This was Tew’s first marathon.  Atlanta Track Club competitive team member, Eileen Torres 39 of Atlanta, Georgia, was the first female marathoner with a time of 3:04:13.

2009 Atlanta Half Marathon Top Five Finishers (Official Gun Time)
Male
Place               Name                           Age                  City, State                    Time
1                      Michael Green               33                     Troy, AL                        1:06:35
2                      Andrew Fuller                24                     Rome, GA                     1:07:25
3                      Trevor Sprague               20                     Dunwoody, GA              1:11:12
4                      Jonathan Sellers            22                     Lithia Springs, GA          1:11:25
5                      Brian Deal                     24                     Atlanta, GA                   1:11:57

Female
Place               Name                           Age                  City, State                    Time
1                      Janet Cherobon              31                     Rome, GA                     1:15:26
2                      Jennifer Feenstra           28                     Duluth, GA                    1:18:20
3                      Jill Horst                        31                     Rome, GA                     1:19:19
4                      Allison Kreutzer             23                     Lilburn, GA                    1:20:33
5                      Tamara Karrh*               40                     Marietta, GA                  1:21:33

2009 Atlanta Marathon Top Five Finishers (Official Gun Time)
Male
Place               Name                           Age                  City, State                    Time
1                      Nathan Tew                   21                     Lawrenceville, GA          2:34:24
2                      Gabriel Helmlinger*        43                     Cambridge, MA              2:40:08
3                      James Harper                32                     Greenville, SC                2:40:22
4                      Jon Obst                       26                     Kennesaw, GA              2:42:50
5                      Francisco Martinez        40                     Jackson Heights, NY      2:43:19

Female
Place               Name                           Age                  City, State                    Time
1                      Eileen Torres                 39                     Atlanta, GA                   3:04:13
2                      Allison Dublinski            25                     Athens, GA                   3:11:48
3                      Gina Krabbendam          36                     Lookout Mtn., TN           3:11:56
4                      Liz C. Dickinson            27                     Atlanta, GA                   3:20:17
5                      Susan Park*                  40                     Acworth, GA                  3:20:52

*Masters Winner

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