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Denver Marathon Results: 10,000 runners take on 26.2 miles in the Mile High City

Posted Oct 19 2009 10:00pm


DENVER - The Denver Marathon, the largest marathon event in Colorado, celebrated its fourth edition on Sunday morning in the Mile High City, including a marathon, a half-marathon, ING Marathon Relay and the McDonald' s Mile Kids Race. Nearly 10,000 runners competed in all events over the course of race weekend with the many of the top place winners representing all areas of Colorado. More than 700 participants represented a dozen charity programs selected by the Denver Marathon raising more than $200,000 for their organizations.

In the marathon, a local Coloradan from Arvada, Chris Siemers, 28, led the men' s field in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 3 seconds. The defending champion Jynocel Basweti, 22, of Kenya placed second in 2:23:56. Another Colorado resident Andrew Smith, 33, from Denver, took third (2:28:35).

"I had settled for second place, and was more worried about being caught by third," said Siemers. "At mile 24, I saw my friend Mike Aish (winner 2008 P.F. Chang' s Rock ' n' Roll Arizona Marathon), and he said to me you can catch him, go for it. I threw down my sunglasses and put my head down and went for it. I caught him at 26 so I' m obviously very happy to have come here and won."

In the women' s marathon, Holly McIlvaine, 36, of Seattle, WA finished first in 3:00:26, while Ashley Anderson, 25, from Denver was second in 3:03:03 and Jeanne Cooper, 31, from Eagle, CO third (3:05:42).

In the half-marathon, Matt Levassiur, from Alamosa, CO took first in 1:08:05, and Justin Young, 30, of Superior, CO was runner-up in 1:08:59 with Kennett Kiptoo of Kenya, 29, third (1:10:13).

Peris Chumba, 21, of Kenya led the female half-marathon division with her 1:18:53. Cynthia Lauren Arnold, 25, of Glenwood Springs, CO finished second in 1:21:50 and rounding out the top three was Elle Pishny, 24, of Durham, NC in 1:23:07.

(Photo by Nathan W. Armes, The Denver Post)

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