FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Zach Freudenburg Wins 2009 GO! St. Louis Marathon
Establishes a New Course Record
Megan Earney Crosses the Line first on the Women's Side
ST. LOUIS (MO) – April 19, 2009 –Zach Freudenburg, 30, established a new
course record of 2:23:57 to win the 9th Annual GO! St. Louis Marathon.
Freudenburg, defeated two-time winner Karl Gilpin from Russellville, MO.,
who finished second with a time of 2:27:00. Gilpin had won the race in 2007
Brian Baillie from Carbondale, IL was third overall, finishing with a time
On the women's side Megan Earney, 29, from Olathe, KS set a new course
record on her way to the win – 2:51:20. Jackie Pirtie-Hall finished second
at 3:08:24 and Mairi Burfoot was a close third at 3:09:04.
In the Half Marathon presented by National City, Kipruto Rotich, 28 from
Columbia, MO set a new course record with a time of 1:07:19. He defeated
two-time half marathon champion Mathew Chesang, who finished fourth this
year. Right behind Rotich was Artur Kern from Searcy, AR with a time of
1:07:52. Finishing third was Craig Donnelly from Hillsborough, NJ at
Kelly Handel Williamson from Austin, TX repeated in the women's half
marathon with a time of 1:23:03. Handel Williamson won the race in 2008.
Sarah Jarvis was second, finishing at 1:25:59.
More than 15,000 participants had registered for the Marathon, Half
Marathon and Marathon Race. And, more than 20,000 participants competed in
one of the ten different events over the two-day weekend fitness
The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend is an event that was created for
all ages and fitness abilities and features a marathon (26.2 miles), half
marathon (13. 1 miles) – presented by National City, Marathon Relay –
presented by Lockton Companies, 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) - presented by YMCA
of Greater St. Louis, GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon® -
presented by Centene Corporation, Children's Fun Runs – presented by Subway
and a Mature Mile.
The 2010 GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend will be held on April 10 &