Arkansas Runners Win Little Rock Marathon and Half Marathon
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 12,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Little Rock for the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon weekend races. Racers competed in the Marathon and Half Marathon events Sunday in downtown Little Rock. The following are race results and comments from top finishers:
Marathon Overall Male
Adam Bradbury - Bryant, Ark., 2:45:43
Chad Silker - Ballwin, Mo., 2:49:28
Jeremy Provence - Clarksville, Ark., 2:53:17
Marathon Overall Female
Tia Stone - Searcy, AR, 3:00:44
Katie Cunningham - Arkadelphia, AR, 3:12:01
Christina Satterfield-Gibbons - Longview, TX, 3:15:06
Marathon Overall Male First Place Finisher Adam Bradbury Bryant:
""It was a great race. I took the lead about mile 13 and ever since then it was awesome. I do a lot of my training runs on the river trail so this was like a home race for me."
Marathon Overall Male Second Place Finisher Chad Silker:
"It was great, tough day. Felt like it was uphill with the wind in my face that last 6 miles. Any day you can get out and run is a great day. I don't want to get sappy. Today was a hard day for me. We laid my friend to rest on Friday. He was in the Air Force and died suddenly of a blood disorder. To say goodbye to him was hard, so it was a special day to run with him."
Marathon Overall Male Third Place Finisher Jeremy Province:
It was great. Rain was awesome and made it more fun, being overcast kept the sun out. I thought it was going to be hard. I did really good, but about mile 23, I thought this was a bad idea. I hit the wall, just kept going."
Marathon Overall Female First Place Finisher Tia Stone:
"I'm feeling pretty good. I struggled at the end. That last 10k there was a strong headwind coming back until the last miles. I was in a pack at the beginning and then broke ahead, I was on my own the last 15 miles so that was rough. I just tried to stay on track with pace. I knew my family would be at the finish so I kept going."
Marathon Overall Female Second Place Finisher Katie Cunningham:
"It was awesome. Felt good in the first half of the race, and at the end I had to give it all I had. Totally the Lord gave strength to my legs."
Marathon Overall Female Third Place Finisher Christina Satterfield Gibbons:
"I loved it. Kavanaugh was a little rough, but once you got past that it was good. The flat part at the end was the hardest. The crowds are great here. I'll come back here. My pacing is faster when people start cheering."
Half Marathon Overall Male
Jonathan Burgess - Conway, Ark., 1:11:08
Derek Lee - Springfield, Mo., 1:12:32
Stuart Lisle - Edmond, Okla., 1:14:29
Half Marathon Overall Female
Kaitlin Bounds - Russellville, Ark., 1:19:37
Amanda Scott - Boulder, Colo., 1:19:48
Catherine Lisle - Edmond, Okla., 1:22:04
Half Marathon Overall Male First Place Finisher Jonathan Burgess:
"It was a great race. All the support out on the course made it fun. The weather was not that bad, I'm from London, so I'm used to it. There were a few hills, but it was a fun course."
Half Marathon Overall Female Winner Kaitlin Bounds:
"It was so much fun, I wish I was able to run last year but I had bone density and stress fractures. I'm thankful to be out here healthy and be able to run. I trained much better for this. This was a fantastic race and I can't wait to do it next year. I'm training for the Paralympic team. I have autism. To be able to run this, I feel like a miracle child."
Wheelchair Overall Finishers
Rick Weisbrod - Cypress , Texas, 2:26:36
Scott Porter - Orlando, FL, 3:18:35
Richard Vaughn - Jacksonville, AR, 5:23:04
Wheelchair Overall First Place Finisher Rick Weisbrod:
"It's an amazing race. I love your hills, I love your downhills a lot better though. It's a great course and I'll be here next year. The rain felt good, you didn't get hot."
For complete Little Rock Marathon information, please go to: www.littlerockmarathon.com
Top photo: Adam Bradbury wins the Little Rock Marathon.
Bottom photo:Tia Stone was female Little Rock Marathon champion.
Photos: Little Rock Marathon