Local runners fare well at Country Music Marathon
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
May 02, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several local runners took part in the sixth annual Country Music Marathon in Nashville Saturday, with a Cadiz man finishing in the top 20 of his age group.

John Altman completed the 26-mile marathon in a time of three hours and 18 minutes, which averaged out to 7:34 each mile.

Altman’s time was the 150th fastest overall out of over 3,700 who ran in the marathon and was 20th out of 331 runners in the 35-39 age group.

James Harold of Hopkinsville finished 661st overall with a time of 3-hours, 47-minutes, which was a pace of 8:41 per mile. Harold finished 97th out of 373 in the 40-44 age group.

Keith Riddle of Princeton finished in 1,099th place just under the four-hour mark at 3:59. He finished 156th in the 40-44 age group.

Ted Whitfield of Hopkinsville was 2,052nd overall in a time of 4:32, but was 13th out of 44 runners in the 60-64 age group.

In the half-marathon, which consisted of a 13-mile trek through downtown Nashville, Octavia Vinson of Cadiz was the top local finisher in a time of 2:12, which was good for 5,067th place. She was 351st out of 1009 runners in the 35-39 female age group.

Steve Johnson of Cadiz finished 5,437th in a time of 2:14, which was good for 523rd out of 749 in the 30-34 age group.

Loren Champion of Cadiz was 5,603rd in the race, crossing the line in a time of 2:15, which gave him a 441st place finish out of the 662 runners in his 40-44 age group.

John Dawson of Gracey competed in the same age group, finishing 6,180 overall in a time of 2:43, and 573rd in the age group.

There were 3,743 runners that finished the marathon, while 11,392 runners finished the half-marathon.
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