Josh Whitehead wins Rocket City Marathon

12/16/2013 - 05:21

By Mary Lou Day
_0624.JPGLocal runner, Josh Whitehead, 35, led the 37th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 14 in Huntsville, AL. Whitehead, 35, of Madison finished in 2:27:25. Brian Shelton, 34, of Cookeville, TN, was second in 2:28:59. Justin Leach, 26, of Birmingham ran 2:34:28 for third, while J. Penny, 26, of Johnson City, TN, was fourth in 2:36:21. Mark Paulson, 26, of of Georgetown, KY, was fifth in 2:38:33.

In the women's race, Justyne Mudy, 29, of Rome, GA, repeated as champion, running 2:46:36, finishing 14th overall. Kimberlie Meeker, 33, of Rome, GA, was second in 2:51:48 with Kay Anne Starosciak, 40, of Canton, GA, third in 2:58:31. Elena Linn, 27 of Vestavia, AL, was close behind for fourth (2:58:55) while Blair Burnette, 27, of Nashville, TN, was fifth in 3:06:44.

Matt Pulle, 41, of Nashville, TN, was the male masters winner in 2:40:36. Scott Colford, 43, of Logansport, IN, was second, running 2:42:31 and Scott Jansky, 40, of Two Rivers, WI, took third in 2:43:27.

Third-place female, Kaye Anne Starosciak, also led the female masters, with Meredith Smith, of Ashland City, TN, second in 3:15:49. Shannon Carson, 45, of Pearl, MS, was third in 3:31:10.

Rain let up just before the start of the race, leaving only a light drizzle at the start. Next year's Rocket City Marathon will feature a newly designed course and a larger race field.

Larry Marett of Amory, MS, celebrated his 75th birthday by finishing second in his new age group in 4:57:22.

The Rocket City Marathon is part of the Running Journal Grand Prix and runners scoring on the series earn double points for the marathon.

Full results of the race can be found here:

Complete coverage of the Rocket City Marathon will be included in the February issue of Running Journal.

Photo: Rocket City Marathon winner Josh Whitehead. Photo by Your Sporting Image (

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