Justin Gillette Wins Publix Georgia Marathon

Justin Gillette was the first runner to cross the line in Atlanta yesterday. Photo: Mlive.com

Jill Horst was victorious in the women’s race.

From: Running USA

ATLANTA — A field of more than 15,000 registered runners hit the streets of Atlanta for the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., won the marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds, while Jill Horst, of Rome, Ga., claimed the women’s crown in 3:00:52.

“I was able to catch up to the leader around mile 16 mile and at the 22-mile mark I made my move,” Gillette recounted after winning his first Publix Georgia Marathon. “The [spectators] cheering along mile 22 really propelled me to do what it took to win. I liked the course and you could tell the organizers did a tremendous job preparing for this race.”

In the half-marathon, Reuben Mwei of Kenya earned the men’s title in 1:05:30 with countryman Emmanuel Ngatuny runner-up in 1:09:48. The top 13.1 mile female finisher was Lanni Marchant of Signal Mountain, Tenn., who clocked 1:14:06.

The race course traveled through metro Atlanta’s most interesting and historic areas including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland and Midtown. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks including the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses and Piedmont Park.

Before the race, US Road Sports & Entertainment Group, owners and operators of the Publix Georgia Marathon, announced Publix has extended its partnership as official title sponsor of the event for an additional three years. The new agreement will run through the 2015 race.

“In six short years, the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon has grown into Atlanta’s premier long distance race and running festival,” said Greg Laird, CEO and Founding Partner of US Road Sports & Entertainment Group. “Publix’s relentless dedication to premier value and corporate citizenship has helped shape the event, and Atlanta, into a better place. We are thrilled and honored to continue the partnership.”

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