Runners from Around the World at Galloway Weekend Events

12/21/2017 - 14:58

mills.pngATLANTA — The JG13.1 Premier Race Weekend held Dec. 15-17 had more than 2,500 participants from around the world for the 4th annual event. Eighteen-year-old Fernandina Beach, FL resident Brendon Twiggs was the top overall finisher of the half marathon with a PR time of 1:19:20, followed by Jimmy Simmons (1:23:25) and Michael Gerber (1:23:31). Twiggs is the son of Jeff Galloway Chief Training Director, Chris Twiggs.

Gracie Griffith, 19, was top female 13.1 finisher with a time of 1:24:17, followed by Lauren Kirkland (1:31:50) and Lauren Young 1:32:34).

The half marathon highlighted some of Atlanta’s most historic landmarks and finished in Piedmont Park.

This year’s Jeff Galloway Premier Race Weekend included Barb’s 5K, named for Jeff’s wife, and Fit Kids Fun/Run on Saturday morning. A chilly start to this 5K was immediately followed by a craft beer tasting at Atlanta’s award-winning, Orpheus Brewery, that was packed with more than 100 5K participants.

group.jpgSimon Angrove, 51, won the 5K in 17:40.6. Alex Christiansen was second in 18:24.5, and Westin Galloway third in 21:07. Top female was Barbara Sontag, 42, in 21:34.7. Following in second and third were Gretchen Marino, 39, in 21:44.3, and Glenda Adams, 50, in 21:54.

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Special VIP guest at this year’s event as marquee speaker was one of Jeff Galloway's legendary role models, Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills. Mills won the gold medal in the 1964 Olympic Games in the 10,000 meter race. His victory was a thrilling come-from-behind finish in an incredible time of 28:24.4, setting a new Olympic record. To date, Mills is the only USA athlete to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic 10,000 meter race. Only Galen Rupp has come close, earning a silver medal in an exciting finish just behind training partner Mo Farah in the 2012 Olympics.

Top photo: (L-R) JG13.1 overall finisher Brendon Twiggs, with Olympic Gold Medalist and VIP guest Billy Mills (center), and Chris Twiggs, director for the Jeff Galloway Training Program.

Bottom photo: Some of the many runners enjoying the half marathon at the Jeff Galloway event.

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