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Runners enjoy annual marathon despite strong winds

Runners enjoy annual marathon despite strong winds

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Dec 3, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Thousands of runners took over the Las Vegas Strip Sunday for the annual Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Many of those who participated in the event says the Rock N' Roll Marathon is a run to remember between the location, the colorful costumes worn by many, and the blaring rock music.

Runners came from all over the world to participate in the event, including one many from Ethiopia.

Some were very serious about the event but others, like the team from P.F. Chang's, had a bit of fun -- carrying a giant dragon and wearing glowing gloves and shoelaces.

And then there was Anita Marciano -- at the back of the pack because of a training injury. However, she didn't let it stop her.

Craig Hopkins of England finished the half marathon first in just 67 minutes. He said that his time could have been better if not for the wind. Kenya's Francis Maundu was right behind him with a time of 1:07:28.

Bradi Hutchison from Idaho finished the women's half-marathon with a time of 1:19:34.

Marathon winner Johnathan Ndambuki finished the full marathon with a time of 2:32:24. The man from Kenya was followed by Seattle's Steve Dekoker at 2:32:24. The third place winner -- Sam Robinson of Oakland -- was almost 8 minutes behind.

Nuta Olaru barely beat Adrian Neal in the women's full marathon. Olaru was only one second ahead of Neal with a time of 2:51:31.

The annual event benefits the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America. This was its fourth year. The marathon attracted runners from all 50 states and 52 countries.




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