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A Four-Peat as Leah Thorvilson Wins Little Rock Marathon
Little Rock, Ark. (March 4, 2012) - For the fourth year in a row, Leah
Thorvilson is the female winner of the Little Rock Marathon with a personal
best time of 2:37:26. The 33-year-old Little Rock native said, "this is
such a special day. I am just so proud."
Thorvilson, who failed to make the Olympic team this year, said she hopes
she can still represent the United States at the World Games or the Pan Am
Games. "I am so inspired by the women on the Olympic Team. I'm a little
older, and I've never run this fast before. I think I'm going to keep
Thorvilson said she was overwhelmed by the support of the City of Little
Rock for her marathon efforts. "I can't even tell you how awesome Little
Rock is. I have always had support, but this year was far and away the
loudest and the strongest. I just did what everybody says you can't do - it
was my fourth marathon this year and my fastest time ever, and the hardest
course I have run. It just goes to show that if you set your mind and your
heart to it - I have worked my a** off for this race - and it paid off and
I couldn't be happier, I just couldn't be happier. Everywhere along the
course I could feel the support of the city and hear the cheers. I guess
that's why I have never moved away from Little Rock."
Thirty-two-year-old Hellen Rotich of Manor, TX, was second with a time of
2:47:46. Rotich won the Little Rock Marathon in 2008.
In third place was Heather McWhirter of Glenwood, AR, with a time of