OGDEN -- While the river raged next to the 2011 Zion's Bank Ogden Marathon course, Stefanie Talley had her own spring run-off, setting a new course record as she repeated as the women's marathon victor.
"It felt pretty good," said Talley, who finished in 2:51:48. "I have to admit it felt better than last year. Last year I was thinking at the halfway point that I didn't know how I was going to be able to hang on. This year I felt pretty good most of the time. There were a couple minutes here and there that I didn't feel good, but then I'd take a GU, and I'd feel better."
Talley, a Layton resident, said it was the first time finishing a marathon that she felt emotional at the end.
"I was happy," she said. "I came this close to crying, and I never cry. I've never been that way. I'm usually just happy to be done and kind of ornery."
Rosy Lee, from Mountain Green, finished in the runner-up position, running a "comfortable" 3:01:50.
In the men's marathon Salt Lake resident Fritz Van de Kamp ran a quick marathon to top Logan's Stephen Anderson. This is the third year he's won the marathon, winning last year and once in 2004. His time of 2:25:04 is the fastest marathon he's ran.
Van de Kamp said he and the 2009 men's winner, Seth Wold, ran together for about seven miles until Wold had to stop to tie his shoe. He never saw anyone after that.
"I kept hearing noises behind me, like people were cheering for someone, but I guess I had a pretty good lead on most people," said Van de Kamp. His bike escort told him that it wasn't going to be close, but Van de Kamp still pushed it in.
"I kind of knew I had it won, but I was still trying to get a good time. I was still trying to go as hard as I could. I feel really good. I was training a lot through winter and then I had a foot injury. Then in January I was able to start training and racing. But racing the last two weeks my times were not good at all, but fortunately they prepared me for this and I ended up doing pretty well."
Talley and Van de Kamp won the longest race, but plenty of others were champions as well. In the men's 5k Ogden's Cade Perry won in 17:38, while Kristen Marberger of South Weber won the women's 5K with a time of 20:52. In the women's half marathon Anna Judd ran 1:22:26 to place first while Nelson Davis of Provo won the men's in 1:20:30. Full results can be found online at ogdenmarathon.com.
NOTE: See race results at https://www.onestoprace.com/results/default.aspx?event=4925&r=558