By: Patrice Malloy
Date: January 27, 2013
Sambu, Gebre claim half-marathon titles; more than 8,400 participate in sold-out events.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 27, 2013) - What began as a potentially-dreary morning quickly transformed into a day of new beginnings and celebrations for race champions, and over 8,400 finishers of the 22nd Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon held Sunday morning in Carlsbad.
Pesky light drizzle which cleared to mostly-cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-50s were anything but dreary conditions for defending champion, Mario Macias of Manitou Springs, Colo. and Lauren Kleppin (RRCA Roads Scholar - 2012), of Big Bear Lake, Calif. who claimed decisive victories in the men"�s and women"�s divisions of the marathon.
Macias, a Mexican citizen, claimed his second wire-to-wire win in as many years, finishing in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 43 seconds
"The weather was perfect,' said Macias. "There was a strong head wind coming off the ocean but the tail wind helped heading back.'
Macias finished more than two minutes ahead of second place finish, Chris Siemers, 32, of Arvada, Colo. (2:23:51). Eulogio Rodriguez, 29, of Whittier, Calif. finished (2:25:36).
In the women's marathon division, Kleppin, 24, took an early lead in her first-ever marathon and never looked back, finishing in 2:42:17. "I always wanted to run a marathon,' said Kleppin, a multiple time All-American while at Western State Colorado University. Celestine Arambulo, 43, of San Diego, Calif. placed second in 2:55:01, while Jasmine Sessions, 32, of Farmington, Utah, took third (3:02:38).
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