Near-perfect conditions draws record crowds for the 14th edition.
From: Running USA
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – Along with a record field of runners, the 14th Air Force Marathon saw a total of five course records bested on Saturday, September 17, 2011.
Race officials credit the “phenomenal” weather as helping get the best efforts from runners.
“We really had ideal conditions on Race Day,” said Molly Louden, Air Force Marathon Director. “The weather also helped bring out more spectators and many runners credited the cheering crowds with pushing them further.”
Kara Storage from nearby Beavercreek strode in at 1 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds in the women’s half-marathon eclipsing the previous record of 1:18:20 set in 2010 by Christine Johnston.
There were also three new records set on the 10K course. Josh Cox (left), who holds the USAF Marathon course record, entered his name in the books for the men’s 10K with a 31:09. The old record was held by David Johnston (32:37) in 2008.
The Military Men’s 10K record was set by Maj. James Bales of Monument, Colo. with a 32:14. Kristoffer Chacon previously held this mark with a 33:11 from 2008.
Christine Tieman of Bellbrook also broke a 10K record in the women’s division clocking a 39:35. The previous record in this division was set by Varinka Barbini (39:49) in 2009.
The 5K race on Sept. 16 at Wright State University also had one record broken. Finally, Catherine Graham of Lafayette, Ind. set a new record for the women’s 5K with a time of 19:14 topping the previous mark of 19:31 set by Dianne Striebel in 2009.
For complete race results and more, go to: www.USAFMarathon.com