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Ferguson, Hill Win Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon
Boit, Dunne half-marathon champions; near perfect fall running weather,
record field of 21,250 highlights inaugural Rock 'n' Roll event; more than
$1.2 million raised for local charity Team Activities for Special Kids
(TASK); Sugar Ray headlines finish line concert
ST. LOUIS - (October 23, 2011) - For the thousands of spectators lining the
downtown course of the inaugural Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon &
½ Marathon benefiting TASK, Sunday morning's race meant party. For the
first time in the city's history, a running event was transformed into an
More than 40 local bands played on 26 stages, curbside crowds waved
personalized signs, local high school cheerleading squads chanted and
relatives applauded their athletes who started a 26.2 or 13.1-mile voyage
just after sunrise.
"Today was awesome," said Kirkwood-resident Amy Landes, who finished in
second place in the women's marathon. "It was such a great course with lots
of crowd support, running through neat little neighborhoods. The weather
was absolutely perfect, I wasn't sure how much I'd be into the Rock 'n'
Roll atmosphere, but it's amazing how the bands can pick you up when you're
Running in ideal, mid-60 degree temperatures, Cory Ferguson of
Indianapolis, Ind. and Stephanie Hill of Pevely, Mo. took home marathon
victories. Ferguson, 30, running his third career marathon, broke the tape
in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds to win his first marathon.
"It was a great race, with a challenging course. At mile 14, I was dragging
a little and if it wasn't for those bands and cheerleaders encouraging me
along the route, I'm not sure if I would have finished," said Ferguson.
"Winning this marathon is the greatest accomplishment of my running
Hill, 28, crossed the finish line in 2:58:15. Her time was more than seven
minutes ahead of runner-up Landes, who clocked 3:05:51.
Former University of Arkansas All-American Josphat Boit of Kenya, 27, won
the half-marathon in 1:08:28, while 28-year-old Amanda Dunne of Columbia,
Mo. won the women's race in 1:20:09.
Conditions on the scenic St. Louis course were ideal for marathon running
on a partly cloudy day with almost no wind. A record number of 21,250
people registered for the event, attracting entrants from all 50 states and
25 countries. The band Sugar Ray rocked the finish line concert.
Through the race, Solutia raised $1.2 million for Team Activities for
Special Kids (TASK), a nonprofit organization that provides accessible
sports for St. Louis children with special needs.
The second Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon is set for
Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Inaugural Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon
St. Louis, MO, Sunday, October 23, 2011
1) Cory Ferguson, 30, Indianapolis, IN, 2:29:22, $1000
2) Arturs Bareikis, 25, Oak Forest, IL, 2:29:24, $500
3) Eric Wallor, 28, Palatine, IL, 2:29:41
1) Stephanie Hill, 28, Pevely, MO, 2:58:15, $1000
2) Amy Landes, 39, Kirkwood, MO, 3:05:51, $500
3) Lauren Perlmutter, 21, St. Louis, MO, 3:08:43, $250
Inaugural Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis ½ Marathon
1) Josphat Boit, 27, Kenya, 1:08:28, $1000
2) Benson Chesang, 29, Kenya, 1:08:51, $500
3) Matthew Lawder, 22, Manchester, MO, 1:10:07, $250
1) Amanda Dunne, 28, Columbia, MO, 1:20:09, $1000
2) Jessica Koster, 23, St. Louis, MO, 1:21:46, $500
3) Juli Koenegstein, 24, Stillwater, OK, 1:22:09, $250
Full results, photos and more at: www.runrocknroll.competitor.com