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MUSUVA WINS SECOND QUAD CITIES MARATHON
KARNATSEVICH SETS COURSE RECORD BY OVER 8 MINUTES IN WOMEN'S RACE
MOLINE, IL - Andrew Musuva (Kenya) won his second Quad Cities Marathon,
while Halina Karnatsevich (Belarus) shattered the women's course record,
Sunday, in the 7th annual 26.2-mile race.
Musuva's time, the second fastest in race history, of 2:20:44 was enough
for a 37-second win. His 2002 winning time was 2:21:15. Karnatsevich
hammered out a 2:36:26 to post a 3:08 margin of victory and break the QCM
course record by 8:22. Alena Vinitskaya (2:44:48), of Belarus, previously
held the course record.
In the men's race, Musuva broke from the lead pack of six runners mid-way
through the race. At mile 17, he then opened a small lead on Dzmitry Sivou
(Belarus). Musuva extended his advantage in the final stages to secure
victory. Sivou was second in 2:21:21, the third fastest time in race
history. Sivou notched his second straight top-3 finish at the QCM; he was
third last year.
Americans Joe Wilson (Ogden, UT) and James McGown (Shelton, NE) moved up in
the later stages of the race to finish third (2:49:49) and fourth
(2:25:53), respectively. McGown posted his third consecutive top-4 finish
at the QCM (4th, 2002 and 2nd, 2003).
In the women's race, Karnatseivh ran should-to-shoulder with Valentyna
Poltavska (Ukraine) from the start until the final 10k. Karnatsevich then
broke the race open during the final stages for her 2:36:26. Poltavska,
who also bettered the old record by a considerable margin, finished in
2:39:34. Sarah Plaxton (Highland, MI) used a late charge to place third in
2:47:19, just ahead of fourth-place finisher Elvira Kolpakova (Russia), who
The men's master's race was the closest in history. Phil Kauder (Cascade,
IA) finally won the title, after being close in each of the past three
years (3rd, 2003; 2nd, 2002; 2nd, 2001). He notched a 2:36:15 to just edge
Jerry Lack (East Moline, IL) who ran 2:36:19. Kauder was ninth overall,
while Lack placed 10th. Russ Boore (Hampton, IL) was third in the master's
Beverly Owen (Smithville, MO), running in her second marathon, won the
women's master's title in 2:51:15. She also placed fifth overall. Ann
Boyd-Stewart (Ypsilanti, MI) and Kathy Waldron (Green Bay, WI) were second
and third at 2:56:19 and 3:02:06, respectively.
The race was run under sunny skies, with little wind, and temperatures in
the upper 50's to low 60's.