More than 18,000 runners, walkers tackle hills of Austin
The 2013 edition of the Livestrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon had more than 18,000 runners and walkers hitting the hills of Austin to tackle either the 26.2 miles of the marathon course or the 13.1 miles of the half-marathon course. The event saw an increase in attendance over last year's race.
There were approximately 3,600 finishers in the marathon. Omar Martinez, of Arvada, Colo., surged at the 24-mile mark to pull into first and claim the overall male spot with a time of 2:35:09. Mariko Neveu, of Austin, claimed the overall female title with her time of 2:55:04. Also on the course Sunday was Julie Weiss, "the Marathon Goddess", who is running 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. The Austin Marathon was the 48th on her quest to hit 52.
John Bednarczyk was the top area finisher with his time of 4:07:52. Other area runners who ran the marathon were: Hassan Sabbagh, 4:09:07; John Hyak, 4:26:55; and Melissa Carrera, 4:30:31.
There were approximately 9,300 finishers in the half-marathon. In the half-marathon race, Lee Troop, of Boulder, Colo., won the men's title with his time of 1:06:46. Melissa Johnson-White, of Lake Orion, Mich., won the women's race with her time of 1:15:25. Cirio Rodriguez, of Beeville, was the top area finisher with his time of 1:27:46. Other area finishers in the half-marathon were: Orlando Vasquez, 1:54:23; Juan Schiavone, 2:01:12; Glen Vo, 2:01:23; Ruby Alvarez, 2:18:40; Brenda Gohmert, 2:18:41; Brian-Andrew Lacerda, 2:27:06; Chelsea Beasley, 2:29:18; Tommy Beyer, 2:30:16; Genevieve Beyer, 2:30:16; Ryan Suer, 3:16:50; Edna Hernandez, 3:34:37; and Katie Martin, 3:35:06.
The Paramount 5K was also held in conjunction with the Livestrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Area finishers in that event were: Darlene Kloesel, 37:14; Kent Miller, 43:28; Anthony Cuevas, 57:03; and Virginia Ortiz, 57:03.