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Braun, Suver Break GO! St. Louis Half Marathon Course Records
Source: GO! St. Louis and Running USA
Date: April 8, 2013
Half-marathon winners each earn $10,000 victory paychecks, Geoffrey Kiprotich and Autumn Ray take first in marathon.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 7, 2013) – GO! St. Louis Half Marathon winners Aaron Braun and Mattie Suver rewrote the course records Sunday, while Geoffrey Kiprotich, who also set a course record, and Autumn Ray captured the marathon portion of GO! St. Louis Marathon Weekend.
Braun (right, courtesy GO! St. Louis), 25, from Flagstaff, Ariz. set a new GO! St. Louis Half Marathon record, with a time of 1 hour, three minutes, 13 seconds. Braun, was closely followed by Jordan Chipangama, 24, also a Flagstaff resident, in 1:03:22. Josphat Boit of Little Rock, Ark., finished third in 1:03:52.
On the women’s side, first time GO! St. Louis Half Marathon champion Suver, 25, from Colorado Spring, Colo., established a new women’s half-marathon course record, posting a time of 1:12:22. The mark handily eclipsed the previous record set by Serena Ramsey (Burla) of 1:14:13, in 2007. Tera Moody, 32, from Boulder, Colo. finished second with a time of 1:12:34. Sara Kiptoo, 23, of Santa Fe, NM finished third in 1:12:51.
Braun and Suver both secured the $10,000 top prize in the half-marathon. Second place finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions both received $5,000, while third place received $2,000.
In the Marathon race, Geoffrey Kiprotich, 34, from Sylvania, Ohio, outlasted the field, posting a 2:20:00, another course record. Kiprotich broke Zac Freudenburg’s previous record of 2:23:57, set in 2009. He was followed by second place finisher Mark Chepses, 36, who posted a time of 2:20:49. Finishing third in the marathon was Mario Macias, 31, from Manitou, Colo., with a time of 2:21:59. Macias is a former GO! St. Louis Half Marathon champion (2010).
In the women’s marathon race, Autumn Ray, 33 from Tuscon, Ariz. was the first women to cross the line with a time of 2:51:28. Ray finished ahead of Tia Accetta, 37, also from Tuscon, and third place finisher Karen Meraw of Shelby Township, Mich.
The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend is an event that was created for all ages and fitness abilities and features a marathon – presented by Mercy, half marathon– presented by PNC Bank, Marathon Relay – presented by Lockton Companies, 5K Run/Walk- presented by Mercy, GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon® - presented by Express Scripts, Children’s Fun Runs and a Mature Mile. The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend is Missouri’s largest fitness event.