Area runners attend Chicago Marathon

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The annual Chicago Marathon offered some memorable moments on the morning of Oct. 7.

Tsegaye Kebede, of Ethiopia, won the race and set a new men's course record of 2:04:3.

In the wonen's race, Atsede Baysa, of Ethiopia, and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo battled all the way to the wire in the closest finish in the history of the Chicago race. Baysa won in 2:22:03, while Jeptoo was clocked in 2:22:04.

Dathan Ritzenheim was the top United States entry, finishing ninth in a personal best 2:07:47. The next American finisher, Jeff Eggleston, ran a 2:12:03.

American women finished eighth, ninth and 10th with Renee Baillie leading the way in 2:27:17.

For every elite athlete hoping for record times and prizes, there were thousands of ordinary runners who just wanted to enjoy the experience of competing in one of the world's most prestigious races.

A total of 616 Missouri runners completed the marathon course. Ryan Houser, of Columbia, was the fastest Show-Me state runner, posting a time of 2:38:02. Houser finished 139th overall and was 26th in the men's 30-34 age group. Hope Rathnam was Missouri's fastest woman in the race. Her 3:00:05 was good for 872nd overall, and 13th in the women's 20-24 age group.

Shelly Wallace, of Seligman, led all area runners with her time of 4:42:56. She placed 22,964th in the throng of 37,455 official finishers.

Leta Shockley, of Washburn, posted a 4:43:45.

Cord Leonhardt, of Seligman, ran 4:49:41, while wife, Kayle, ran 5:26:23 to add another finisher's medal to her collection. "It's all about the bling," said Leonhardt.

Lucy Cash, of Monett, finished in 4:54:13.

Mary Jane (Schlichtman) Schreur a graduate of Cassville High School who now lives in Holland, Mich., completed the run posting a time of 4:19:24

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