FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tulsa Runner Wins Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Record participation in 32nd annual race
CLEVELAND (May 17, 2009) - U.S. runners dominated the men's and women's
marathon and half marathon races today at the 32nd annual Rite Aid
Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.
Joel Stansloski, a 23-year-old runner from Tulsa, Okla., was the first to
cross the marathon finish line with a time of 2:27:37. Stansloski, who was
raised in nearby Wooster, Ohio, finished first in his first-ever Rite Aid
In cool, dry and sunny conditions, he kept pace with a group of runners
until about mile 16. He led the race the final 10 miles.
"I thought I would have a pretty good chance," Stansloski said. "The
weather was beautiful and the race was really well orchestrated and well
Andy Martin, 34, of Bend, Or., came in second with a time of 2:31:20,
followed by 32-year-old David Mooney of Peninsula, Ohio at 2:33:21.
Twenty-five-year-old Jackie Baumgartner of New York City won the women's
marathon, finishing in 2:57:49. Like Stansloski, Baumgartner also has Ohio
roots, having lived in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Kent, Ohio resident Shanna Ailes, 30, finished second in 3:08:17. She was
followed by Melanie Lenk of Wilmington, N.C. Lenk, 27, finished in 3:08:36.
Ohio runners also led the men's half marathon, with 25-year-old Christopher
Paulett of Columbus crossing the finish line with a time of 1:13:57. Aaron
Apathy, 23, of Parma and Heath Boylan, 23, of Mount Vernon, followed
Paulett with times of 1:14:29 and 1:16:11, respectively.
Another Wilmington, N.C. runner, 24-year-old Melissa Milstead, finished the
women's half marathon first in 1:27:14. She was followed by Ohioans
Elizabeth Hansen of Euclid and Corey Randall of Cincinnati. The 27-year-old
Hansen finished in 1:27:52 and 24-year-old Randall finished third in
The half marathon victories were particularly significant as the winners
had more competition than ever in the event's history. The ever-popular
half marathon sold out this year with approximately 5,000 registrants.
As has become common with the 10K race, elite international runners
dominated the top spots for the men's and women's events. Ethiopians Dereje
Tadesse and Emebet Bacha won the men's and women's races, respectively.
Tadesse, 22, finshed in 28:55. Bacha, 28, won the women's race with a time
of 32:28. Tadesse was followed by Kenyans Ernest Kebenei and Samual
Ndereba. Kebenei, 25, finished in 29:07. Ndereba, 32, finished in 29:31.
Kenyan Jane Murage, placed second in the women's 10K with a time of 33:07.
She was followed by 27-year-old Marina Ivanova of Russia, who finished in
A record 12,400 runners participated in 2009 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
Half Marathon & 10K running events, including a new 5K on Saturday that drew
500 runners, the We Run This City partnership that had 500 school-aged
participants, and another 300-plus children who participated in the Kids'
"New events, a new course and new start and finish areas were very well
received by the participants," said Ralph Staph, race director. "We also
had thousands of spectators lining the start and finish of the course to
cheer on the runners. The new set up really allowed for increased
Official race results of all finishing runners are available on the Rite
Aid Cleveland Marathon Web site at www.clevelandmarathon.com. Registration
opens today for the 2010 race, scheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2010.