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Leslie, Eldelmann Capture Cox Sports Marathon
More than 5,000 Competed at Today's Annual Cox Providence Rhode Races
Providence, RI - Scott Leslie and Jennifer Eldelmann were the big winners
today at the third annual Cox Providence Rhode Races in Providence, RI.
Under summer-like temperatures, more than 5,000 runners competed in today's
third annual Cox Providence Rhode Races. The event featured three races -
Cox Sports Marathon, Shape Up RI Half Marathon and the Harpoon 5k. Leslie,
28, of Rutland, MA, was the first to cross the finish line at the Cox
Sports Marathon in front of a large crowd of spectators on Exchange Terrace
in downtown Providence. Leslie won the race in 2:35:48. "I am happy with
the win," said Leslie, who went out of the pack of runners from the start
and never looked back. "It was a good race for me. It was muggy and humid,
but the sun kept back the clouds. The course was flat and fast. I started
to slow down around mile 20 but I was able to hang on for the win."
Trailing Leslie was Nathaniel Erb-Satull, 24, of Somerville, MA. The Cox
Sports Marathon runner-up completed the 26.2 mile course in 2:37:30.
Patrick Leary, 30, was the top marathon finisher from Rhode Island. A
professor at Johnson & Wales University and graduate of Providence College,
the North Providence resident finished fifth overall in a personal best
Edelmann took top honors among the women in the Cox Sports Marathon. The 30
year-old from Boston, MA, was first in 3:01:07. Kathrhyn Jarocki, 25, of
Bridgewater, MA, placed second (3:02:11)
The Shape Up Rhode Island Half Marathon title went to Phil Reutinger, 31,
of Old Lyme, CT. Reutinger cruised to the finish in 1:12:38. Tomoaki
Uchiki, 36, of Jamaica Plain, MA was second in 1:15:15.
Providence's Diana Davis, who won the 5k at the 2009 Cox Rhode Races, was
the top female in the Shape Up RI Half Marathon. Davis took the title with
a winning time of 1:26:01. She edged Greenville's Trish Hillery (1:26:37),
who won the half at Rhode Races a year ago.
For the third consecutive year, Cumberland's Chris Magill captured the
Harpoon 5K. Magill, 36, took the title in 16:46. Warwick's Mark Clark
trailed in second with a time of 17:53.
Coventry's Michaela Driscoll, winner of the 2009 Cox Sports Marathon, was
the top female in the Harpoon 5k. Driscoll, 30, won in 18:37. Erin Heslin
of Framngham, MA was the runner up (19:00).
Runners - ranging in age from 11-77 years-old -came from as far away as
Germany, Bermuda, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom to compete in
today's event that showcased Providence and its surrounding communities.
Cox Communications is the Title sponsor of the Cox Providence Rhode Races.
Charitable partners include Cox Charities New England, The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society Team in Training, American Cancer Society, Lung Cancer
Alliance, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Melanoma Foundation and the
March of Dimes.