Ohio Runners Win Columbus Marathon

10/18/2009 - 20:27

00_columbus-09.gifColumbus, OH, 10-18-09, By Matt McGowan - Perrysburg’s Matthew Folk (2:20:45) and Archbold’s Rachel Kinsman (2:47:44) took home the gold and $2,500 for winning the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon. The race started 30 years ago as the Bank One Marathon.

The inaugural Columbus Marathon drew an international field with Sweden’s Tommy Persson running an impressive winning time of 2:11:022 which still stands as the course record. Russia’s Lyudmla Pushkina set the women’s course record in 2003 with her 2:28:15. She picked up $5,000 for the win and another $25,000 for the course record.

Mike Collins served as the race director on and off for nearly twenty years and oversaw the Men’s USA Olympic Marathon Trials in Columbus in 1992. Joan Regal also served as the race director and more recently the duo of Scott Weaver and Craig Thompson have headed up this event.

Three years ago the race did away with prize money and it almost cost the race coverage as a sporting event as the men’s winning time was only 2:31:48. A prize money purse of $30,000 was added last year and with the race committee decided to try to again attract a more competitive field. This year the top six men broke 2:30.

Kenya’s Richard Kessio took the lead early and hit the 10km mark in 33:29. Perrysburg’s Matthew Folk and Bedford’s Jeremy Zarins gave chase seven second back. Folk would catch Kessio by the ten mile mark and both runners hit the halfway point together in 1:11:01 with Zarins three second back. Folk and Kessio would run together until just before the 26 mile mark where Folk surged ahead. Folk who finished 5th last year in the Columbus Half Marathon and has been a two time USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier won in 2:20:45. Kessio now living in Georgia was second in 2:20:50 for $1,000. Zarins finished third in 2:23:28 for $750.

Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Ian Forsyth finished fourth in 2:25:32, Anderson, Indiana’s Matthew Helm (2:29:04) and South Charleston, West Virginia’s Jason Pyles (2:29:34) finished next. Boulder, Colorado’s Darren DeReuck (2:33:06) held off Cincinnati’s Thomas Lentz (2:34:27) for the master top prize money and the seventh place overall finish. Lexington, Kentucky’s Thomas Goldsby (2:40:24) took home the master bronze

Rachel Kinsman took the lead from the opening gun and only had women Half Marathoner Nicole Fisher ahead of her at the 10km mark as Kinsman passed it in 38:11. Kinsman (then Rachel Sauder) who was a four time high school cross country champion (except her senior year her title was taken away due to a uniform violation), a qualifier for the 2000 USA 5,000 and 10,000 meters Olympic Track and Field Trials and a 2004 and 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier easily won the women’s gold in 2:47:44. Boulder, Colorado’s Maureen Bean Wrenn (2:48:34) took home the silver while last year’s Columbus Marathon women’s runner up New Bremen’s Molly Watcke (2:49:50) finished third.

Cincinnati’s Casey Hilmer (2:54:32) took home fourth place while Boulder, Colorado’s Diane Gates (2:55:44) held off Seneca, South Carolina’s Lisa Tolley (2:55:59) for the master top prize and fifth place. Chillicothe’s Jodi Roderick (3:04:45) was took home the women’s master bronze.

West Chester’s Ron Davis (2:57:02) took home the grand master crown while Leetonia’s Terry Kenney (3:01:30) took home the silver.

Boulder, Colorado’s Cathy Condon (3:36:59) won the women’s grand master title while Columbus’ Rita Barnes (3:38:03) finished second.

Alabama’s Johnny Goode (3:19:39) and Avon’s Joan Ellis (3:39:44) won the senior top prizes.

Medina’s Jeffrey Fisher (1:45:41) took home the wheelchair gold.

Daniel Kipkoech (1:03:38) and Nicole (Gliem) Fisher 1:17:14) took home the top Columbus Half Marathon prize money.

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