Geoffrey Kiprotich and Autumn Ray Take First in Marathon
ST. LOUIS (MO) – April 7, 2013 – Aaron Braun, 25, from Flagstaff, AZ set a new GO! St. Louis Half Marathon record, with a time of 1:03:13. Braun, was closely followed by Jordan Chipangama, 24, from Flagstaff, AZ with a 1:03:22. Josphat Boit, Little Rock, AR, finished third, while posting a time of 1:03:52.
On the women’s side it was another first time GO! St. Louis Half Marathon champion – Mattie Suver, 25, from Colorado Spring, CO., who established a new women’s half marathon course record, posting a time of 1:12:22, which eclipsed the record set by Serena Ramsey (Burla) of 1:14:13, in 2007.Tera Moody, 32, from Boulder, CO finished second with a time of 1:12:34. Sara Kiptoo, 23, Santa Fe, NM finished third with a time of 1:12:51.
Braun and Suver, both secured the $10,000 top prize in the half marathon, which is the fourth highest prize in the United States. Second place finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions both received $5,000, while third place received $2,000.
In the Marathon race, Geoffrey Kiprotich, 34, from Sylvania, OH outlasted the field, posting a 2:20:00, which set a new marathon course record. Kiprotich broke Zac Freudenburg’s record of 2:23:57, set in 2009. He was followed by second place finisher Mark Chepses, 36, who posted a time of 2:20:49. Finishing third in the marathon was Mario Macias, 31 from Manitou, CO, with a time of 2:21:59. Macias is a former GO! St. Louis Half Marathon champion (2010).
In the women’s marathon race, Autumn Ray, 33 from Tuscon, AZ was the first women to cross the line with a time of 2:51:28. Ray finished ahead of Tia Accetta, 37, from Tuscon, AZ, and third place finisher Karen Meraw, Shelby Township, MI.
The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend is an event that was created for all ages and fitness abilities and features a marathon – presented by Mercy, half marathon – presented by PNC Bank, Marathon Relay – presented by Lockton Companies, 5K Run/Walk – presented by Mercy, GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon® – presented by Express Scripts, Children’s Fun Runs and a Mature Mile. The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend
is Missouri’s largest fitness event.