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Posted: December 9, 2018:  

Athletics: National Elites, Race Faithfuls and First-Time Runners Cross the Finish Line in BMW Dallas Marathonís 48th Running

(DALLAS) - With sunshine and temperatures in the mid-40s, more than 16,000 runners raced through downtown Dallas, stately neighborhoods and around White Rock Lake - on a course lined with thousands of cheering spectators - to finish at Dallas City Hall for the 48th year of the BMW Dallas Marathon.

"I want to congratulate all our runners for making their mark in BMW Dallas Marathon history and contributing to the nearly $4 million donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children," said Paul Lambert, President of the BMW Dallas Marathon.

Award Winners

Two running store associates, a consultant, an attorney and a PhD philosophy student take top honors at the 2018 BMW Dallas Marathon.

Full Marathon

Colby Mehmen, 24, of Boulder, Colo., ran his first marathon in Dallas today and placed first in the full with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 37 seconds. Mehman, currently a sales associate at Boulder Running Co., ran the 10K in college at Stephen F. Austin State University.

"Iíve always wanted to do a marathon because itís all about who works the hardest and puts the time in," said Mehmen, who started running at age nine and was coached by his father. "I went to high school in Princeton, Texas, so this is my hometown race. I wanted to put on a good show for Dallas."

Anna Corrigan, 28, of Atlanta, came in first in the Full Marathon among women with a time of 2 hours 50 minutes and 28 seconds. Corrigan - who today completed her ninth marathon Ė has never raced in Texas. Her cousin, Peter Corrigan, 17, ran the half marathon today, and she decided to join him for the Dallas Marathon since she is working on a consultant project in Houston. "The spectators kept my motivation up," said Corrigan. "I loved the lake, not too hilly."

Half Marathon

Richard Powell, 30, of Missouri City, Texas, set a personal record today with a time of 1 hour 8 minutes 9 seconds in his 34th marathon but first time to race in Dallas. "Iíve been focused on marathons for so many years that I wanted to personal record the half and go fast," said Powell. "With the elite runners here, I knew I could compete with or chase them for my personal record."

Originally from South Africa, Powell graduated with a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in May 2018 and is currently studying for the bar exam.

Rachel Baptista, 25, of Austin, Texas, won the womenís half marathon, crossing the finish line at 1 hour 13 minutes 50 seconds. Baptista says she has been running 85 miles a week to train for today, which was her first half marathon, and for what will be her first full marathon this spring in Houston.

A cross country runner during her time at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Baptista is currently pursuing a masterís degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. "My goal is to work with athletesí nutritional needs when fueling for competitions."

Relay Marathon

Pint Striders took top place for the menís marathon relay, finishing at 2 hours 22 minutes and 49 seconds. Team members included former collegiate runners Johnathon Bermudez, Sam Berger, Aaron Purser, Pat Schellberg and Neal Smith. Today represented the Pint Striders first marathon as a relay team. They have been training since September 2018, individually running 30 to 40 hours each week.

Santaís Speedy Helpers - recognized by their matching red velvet Santa costumes - won the womenís marathon relay with a time of two hours. The Team A "helpers" included Dawn Grunnagle, Ericka Mason, Britten Morse, Sonya Correa Page and Jessica Smith. In honor of the Dallas Marathon, Santaís Speedy Helpers - along with their Team B runners, filled 88 hygiene boxes to donate to Hope Supply Co., which meets the critical needs of homeless children in North Texas.

Ultra Marathon (50K)

Sabrina Little, 32 of Morehead, Ky., took first place overall in the Ultra Marathon 50K (31 miles) with a time of 3 hours 32 minutes and 51 seconds. "I tempo-ed it and kept a controlled pace," said Little, who is the reigning USA Track & Field 100-Mile Trail Champion. "Itís a beautiful course and city. The fansí signs kept me entertained throughout."

Little, who runs for a Dallas Marathon sponsor, Hoka One One, said her specialty is the 100K race and today marked her second time running the 50K. She ran her first 50K when she had the flu, she said. Little is a philosophy PhD student at Baylor University, but is teaching at Morehead State University as part of her studies. Upon graduation, Little said she wants to be an ethics professor.

Nicholas Beers took second place overall in the Ultra Marathon and placed first among men with a time of 3 hours 34 minutes 23 seconds.

Marathon Moments

  • Longevity Counts: Rio King, 76, of Plano, Texas, completed his 43rd consecutive Dallas Marathon today. Competing in the Marathon since 1976, King became a participant five years after its founding and has stayed an avid supporter ever since.
  • Local Hero: John Wayne Walding of Frisco, Texas - a former Green Beret Special Forces Soldier - ran the Full Marathon today; his first since losing part of his leg in Afghanistan in 2008. Walding competed with a team of friends and family who call themselves "Team Lean Forward and Fight Hard." The team included CBS news anchor Doug Dunbar, who has been training with Walding for the past few months.
  • Berlin Sweepstakes: Cecilio Escamilla - who won a trip and entry to the 2018 Berlin Marathon as part of the 2017 Dallas Marathon Berlin Sweepstakes - ran in todayís Full Marathon. Three months ago, Escamilla left the United States for the first time to run in Berlin and take his marathon journey international.
  • Photo-Finish Proposal: The Dallas Marathon saw its first official proposal with couple Steve Henderson and Shaheen Sattar, who initially met at the 2009 Marathon. Seconds after Sattar crossed the finish line for the Ultra Marathon (in just under four hours), she found Henderson Ė who ran in todayís full marathon Ė down on one knee. She said yes!
  • American Idol Anthem: Frisco native and 2018 American Idol contestant Britney Holmes, 29, sang the national anthem to kick off Sundayís lineup of races. Holmes is a vocal coach who landed a recording contract at age 13 and was also a Radio Disney star.

Weekend Events

The Dallas Marathon has had thousands of participants run its course since 1971, with the record-holders for both the male and female divisions having the title since 2006. The current record in the female division is held by Svetlana Ponomarenko with a time of 2:29:55. The male divisionís record-holder is Moses Kororia with a time of 2:12:04.

This year marked the addition of a lineup of family-friendly events on Saturday, including a kidsí 100m, 400m, 800m and 1-mile, as well as the 2-mile, 5K and 10K. More than 2,700 runners participated.

Saturdayís 10K winner was Keith Kotar, 28, of Aledo, Texas, crossing at 33 minutes and 56 seconds in the menís group, followed by a tie at 37 minutes and 38 seconds for the females with friends Rebeka Stowe, 28, and Waverly Neer, 26, both of New York City.

Yesterdayís 5K champions were Ricky Ronero, 24, of Austin with a time of 16 minutes and 3 seconds for the menís group and Virginia Wallace, 24, of Fort Worth at 19 minutes 54 seconds among females.

The Health and Fitness Expo, which took place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, saw more than 18,700 runners to pick up race packets and t-shirts. Guests could purchase official Dallas Marathon merchandise and visit health and fitness vendors, and children could enjoy inflatables and games inside the kidsí zone.

By the Numbers

A dedicated race staff and thousands of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure both participants and spectators had the ultimate Dallas Marathon experience, which included:

  • 10,785 gallons of water and 7,800 gallons of Gatorade
  • 20,000 pieces of fruit at the finish line
  • 625 gallons of beer to be consumed at the finish line and post-race party
  • 112 bags of discarded clothing collected and donated to local charities

For full race results, please visit DallasMyChipTime.com

About the BMW Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallasí largest and Texasí longest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 48th running, the marquee race attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallasí largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the City of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $4 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit B.


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