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OGDEN -- In just its 10th year, the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon lays claim as one of the top events in the nation.
"It's been wonderful (this year), and it gets better each year," said Sara Toliver, president of the Ogden City Convention and Visitors Bureau and board member of the Goal Foundation. "The Goal Foundation is such a great group of individuals and none of this would be possible without them. I can't thank them enough."
Virtually every participant, including men's overall winner Fritz Van de Kamp, of Salt Lake City, and women's first-place finisher Stefanie Talley, of Layton, agree with a recent poll in Runner's World magazine that ranked the Ogden Marathon No. 9 in the country.
"I've run a lot of marathons, and this course ranks as my favorite," said Van de Kamp, who finished with a time of 2:29:20.3. "I've done bigger ones like Los Angeles, but this one is a perfect size, and I always mention to people that this one is my favorite. The weather is usually good and it is very scenic."
This is the second time Van de Kamp finished first in the Ogden Marathon. In 2004 he also took home the top prize. Finishing behind Van de Kamp were Bryant Jensen (2:34:17.2) and Benjamin VanBeekum (2:35:08.3).
"My main goal today was to finish under 2:30:30, which was my time last month in Salt Lake. At first I was just running for time because you never know who's going to be in this race, but with about six miles to go I knew I had a chance. I beat Salt Lake by one minute, so that's an improvement," Van de Kamp said.
Talley, running in just her second marathon, was a bit surprised at her performance.
"I was just hoping to finish under three hours," Talley said. And that she did. The Layton resident crossed the finish line at 2:52:34.4, just over three minutes ahead of last year's winner, Anna Judd (2:55:48.3), of Ogden.
"The weather conditions were great and everything was just right," Talley said. "I stayed with Anna (Judd) until about mile 14 before I started to pull away. I ran St. George, but this one was so much better."
Amber Green, of St. George, finished third at 2:57:17.9.
Other winners included Alex Way (17:02.7) in the men's overall 5K and Shaunna Burbridge, of Kaysville, in the women's overall 5K. Half-marathon winners included Walter Brown, of South Jordan, with a time of 1:14:08.5 and Mary Ann Schauerhamer (1:23:40.0), of Provo.
"Overall, I say this has been a great success," added Toliver. "The energy and vibrancy of the runners and supporters was great. In addition to the Goal Foundation, this would not have been possible without the more than 900 volunteers."
For more information on the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, see its home page www.ogdenmarathon.com.
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