Kimberly O’Donnell Wins OC Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 7, 2013
  • Updated May. 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM UTC
Photo: Running USA

She was 23 minutes faster than the second-place runner.

Twenty-three-year old Kimberly O’Donnell proved victorious at the 2013 edition of the OC Marathon in Newport Beach, Calif. last weekend.

She dominated the race, coming across the line in 2:47:13 seconds. The second-place finisher, Leng Klukken, was 23 minutes behind.

Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Kevin Havel, also 23, was the first runner to break the tape at the 26.2-mile race, clocking 2:23:34. Mohammed Fadil of Albuquerque, N.M. was second in 2:25:47.

A 5K and half-marathon were held in conjunction with the marathon. All three races began with a moment of silence as a tribute to the victims of last month’s Boston Marathon bombing.

“We had an amazing race weekend,” said race director Gary Kutscher. “From record fields in the full and half marathons to the incredible Kids Run the OC which continues its positive growth, a heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who made it happen, not the least of which are our sponsors, charities and volunteers.”

From: Running USA

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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