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Howarth, Turner Win 11th GO! St. Louis Marathon

The men's race was decided by just two seconds.

The men’s race was decided by just two seconds.

From: Running USA.org

On Sunday morning, Paul Howarth, 33, from Charleston, IL won the 11th GO! St. Louis Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 41 seconds. On a day when start temperatures were above 65 degrees, Howarth edged three-time event champion Karl Gilpin by a two seconds. Gilpin, from Russellville, MO finished in 2:29:43. On the women’s side, it was another first time GO! St. Louis champion – Angie Turner, 42, from Hallsville, MO, who finished in 2:59:44.

In the half-marathon, Kenyan Josphat Boit, 27, from North Little Rock, AK finished first unchallenged in 1:06:47, while countrymen Sammy Rotich was runner-up (1:08:02) and Richard Kandie third (1:08:22).

In the women’s half-marathon, Kenyan Ann Kingori, 23, from Coon Rapids, MN was the first woman to cross the line with her 1:20:18. Kingori edged Kimi Reed, who clocked a time of 1:20:40. Third place was captured by Emily Ramsey in 1:22:34.

On a day that temperatures, combined with high humidity, climbed to near 90 degrees, more than 11,500 finished the half-marathon and more than 1,900 finished the marathon. The event also included a marathon relay, with more than 500 team registering. Overall, more than 25,000 participants competed in 10 different events over the two-day weekend of fitness races.

The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend is an event that was created for all ages and fitness abilities and features a marathon, half-marathon- presented by PNC Bank, Marathon Relay – presented by Lockton Companies, 5K Run/Walk – presented by Reliv International, GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon® – presented by Express Scripts, Children’s Fun Runs and a Mature Mile – presented by Essence Healthcare. The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend is Missouri’s largest fitness event and includes one of the largest half-marathon fields in the country.