St. Louis man wins half marathon
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Correspondent
Monday, November 19, 2012
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The finance department at Anheuser-Busch brewing company in St. Louis will have a reason to knock back a few cold ones on Monday after employee Josh Yelsey won the Route 66 half-marathon at Veteran's Park Sunday.
Masters runner Ginger Lewis of Tulsa kept her half-marathon record perfect. The 42-year-old has entered two half-marathons in her life and won both.
This was Yelsey's first Route 66 half-marathon and the finance department employee for Anheuser-Busch ran a 1:16.13 time for the 13.1 miles.
"This was great," said the 29-year-old Yelsey. "I want to thank (sponsor) Michelob Ultra for making it possible to be here."
Second-place runner Seth Black of Tulsa was over three minutes behind Yelsey, but still happy with his 1:19.55 time.
"This is my best finish in a half-marathon," Black said. "I beat my PR (personal record) by 8:30."
Lewis continued her amazing runs in the Route 66. She won the 2008 half-marathon and added her second with a time of 1:26.15.
"After 2008, I tore a hamstring," Lewis said of missing training time. "I had a lot of massage therapy with Jan Stukey. She kept me going. I was also trained by triathlete Duncan Wise."
Lewis was definitely pleased with her effort.
"It was my day!" she exclaimed.
Alexandra Darling, 24, was second behind Lewis. Darling was timed in 1:31.36 in her first half-marathon.
The transplanted resident of Albuquerque, N.M., is currently helping the University of Tulsa cross country team as a graduate assistant.
Kelly Benton was third and also recently came to Tulsa from another city: Nashville, Tenn. Benton ran a 1:34.20.
"I run a few half-marathons, but not many," said Benton, who had her best finish of second in a Kansas City event.
Josh Yelsey wins the men's and overall half-marathon at the Route 66 Marathon Sunday. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World