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Hitting the road
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More than 575 runners from 30 states and three countries participated in the
Durango Marathon weekends’ races, which, in addition to the main event, included a two-person relay marathon, a 5k run and a children’s 1k fun run.

“It was a really successful weekend,” said Matt Kelly, event coordinator. “Everything went wonderfully, and everybody came through at 110 percent.”

The overall winner was Mark Werner, of Boulder, with a time of 2:38, who was closely followed by Jon Ndungu, of Farmington (2:39). The women’s winner was Lisa Mills, of Aurora, who turned in a time of 3:22. In addition to these winners, several Durangoans turned in respectable times, including Ken Flint (third), Darrell Roberts (fifth), David Buck (12th), J. Burnite (13th) and Marc Witkes (16th), to name a few. In the women’s race, Durangoan Priscilla Blevins took 10th, with a time of 3:43. She was followed by fellow Durangoans Sara Barron (12th), Robin Favreau (13th), and Jaime Garner and Sherin Clarke (tied for 20th). Overall, about 76 La Plata County residents finished the 26.8-mile course.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s race, which will take place Oct. 12, Kelly said. As for taking a well-deserved vacation to Disneyland, Kelly said no such luck.

“I’m actually training for a marathon,” he said.

Runners pass the Strater Hotel on their long haul out to the north Animas Valley and back.

Ken Flint, No. 134, of Durango, and Jon Ndungu, No. 445, of Farmington, display their third and second place awards, respectively, Sunday at the post-marathon activities on Main.

Stephen Scribner, of Durango, takes a well-deserved time out after his 23rd place finish in the men's division.

Two marathoners make their way down East Second Avenue on the homestretch.

Lisa Mills, of Littleton, takes the honors of being the first woman to cross the marathon finish line with a time of 3:22

A runner takes a break to ice a nagging knee

Several runners took advantage of the free massages offered to them Sunday after the race

Bob Parrish, of Bloomington, Ind, takes a victory lap sporting his space blanket.  The flatlander turned in a respectable 3:45.





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