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Posted: December 14, 2015:  

Athletics: Olympic Experience Wins Out as Deena Kastor and Abdi Abdirahman Best Field in Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T at 2015 Dallas Marathon

Dallas native Logan Sherman wins 2015 Dallas Marathon

DALLAS (Dec. 13, 2015) : The elite field in the Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T at the 2015 Dallas Marathon featured five pairs of Olympic Trials qualifying athletes, competing head-to-head to see which duo of runners could complete the fastest two-person marathon relay. Sam Chelanga opened an early lead, running a 1:03:47 split in his 13.1-mile relay leg before handing off to teammate Molly Huddle. Experience won out, as the pair of Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Team USA Olympian, and three-time Olympian Deena Kastor were the first duo to cross the Dallas Marathon finish line in a time of 2:19:49. Race officials believe Kastor and Abdirahman’s finish time signifies the fastest two-person marathon relay ever recorded. The five male participants, who ran the first 13.1 miles, stayed closely together. Kastor and Dallas-born Becky Wade pulled ahead from the field as the Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T competitors made their way towards a downtown finish, with Kastor sprinting ahead for the finish tape in the last half mile.

DUO TO RIO presented by AT&T: 
(1) Abdi Abdirahman & Deena Kastor, 2:19:49
(2) Meb Keflezighi & Becky Wade, 2:20:35
(3) Sam Chelanga & Molly Huddle, 2:21:35         
(4) Luke Puskedra & Annie Bersagel, 2:22:10
(5) Jared Ward & Desi Linden, 2:23:34

Dallas Marathon

Logan Sherman of Dallas, Texas, led practically the entire 26 miles en route to his first marathon victory at the Dallas Marathon. The 2014 Dallas Half Marathon champion battled windy conditions and rain during the first few miles, before opening up a sizable lead on the field at the 45th running of the Dallas Marathon. Sherman averaged 5:38 per mile, with a winning time of 2:27:28. Ryan Siler and Luis Rojas pushed on the last stretch of the course finishing only a minute apart in the battle for second with Siler (2:43:57) outpacing Rojas (2:44:13).

Jamie Vest won the women’s 2015 Dallas Marathon with a time of 2:58:31. Vest waited for her training partner and good friend at the finish line, Sara Ibbetson, who finished second with a time of 3:01:54. Finishing third was Christine Kennedy, a 60-year old marathoner.

Rio King, 72, extended his streak of most consecutive Dallas Marathons completed, finishing his 40th consecutive – and 42nd overall – Dallas Marathon in a time of 4:49:00.

Dallas Half Marathon

First to cross the finish line for the day was Gabe Proctor, who trains with Mammoth Track Club, with a time of 1:05:09. Proctor saw the Dallas Half Marathon as an ideal tune up race in advance of competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Los Angeles. Local runner Dawn Grunnagle, and Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, won the Dallas Half Marathon for the women in a time of 1:19:29.

Behringer Relay

The overall winner in the 2015 Behringer Relay was Park Cities XC Youth team with a time of 2:33:09. The five-person Behringer Relay follows the same 26.2-mile course as the Dallas Marathon.

Columbia Business School Executive Challenge

New at the 2015 Dallas Marathon was the Columbia Business School Executive Challenge, crowning the fastest c-suite executive or business leader competing in the marathon. The winner of the 2015 Columbia Business School Executive Challenge was Matthew Crownover, CEO of Identification Plates Inc., in a time of 2:57:14.

Pro Relay Challenge

For the first time, the Dallas Marathon had all five North Texas professional sports teams participate in a friendly competition on race day. The Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas five-person relay teams, and one Andrews Distributing relay team were joined by one elite runner each, with the winning sports team earning a donation for its foundation, as well as a donation to the race’s primary beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). FC Dallas’ team, which featured elite middle distance American runner Ryan Hill running the first leg, won in 2:55:07.

Oscar Last Men Running

Oscar Last Men Running featured five Dallas-based personalities racing to try and pass as many runners as possible to raise funds for TSRHC. The team, including 2014 Last Man Running and voice of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Followill, KRLD’s Michael Scott, KSCS’ Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, and The Ticket’s Corby Davidson and Craig “Junior” Miller (Last Man Running in 2012), passed 3,128 runners along their way to a 3:22:11 finish. The five-person Oscar Last Men Running relay team followed the same race course as the marathon and Behringer Relay participants.

For more information about the 2015 Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or Behringer Relay, visit DallasMarathon.com.

MEN’S MARATHON:    
Logan Sherman: Age 29, Dallas Texas, 2:27:28
(2) Ryan Siler: Age 41, Edmond, Okla., 2:43:57
(3) Luis Rojas: Age 33, Dallas, Texas, 2:44:13
(4) Jonathan Pillow: Age 39, Edmond, Okla., 2:45:13
(5) Glenn Teubner: Age 20, Jefferson City, Mo., 2:49:35
  
WOMEN’S MARATHON:      
Jamie Vest: Age 28, Lebanon, Mo., 2:58:31  
(2) Sara Ibbetson: Age 35, Ozark, Mo., 3:01:54 
(3) Christine Kennedy, Age 60, Los Gatos, Calif., 3:05:13
(4) Sika Henry, Age 32, Newport News, Va., 3:07:57
(5) Kelsey Luoma, Age 26, Denver, Colo., 3:09:53 
 
MEN’S HALF:                 
Gabe Proctor: Age 25, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 1:05:09
 
WOMEN’S HALF:
Dawn Grunnagle: Age 38, Dallas, Texas, 1:19:29
 
BEHRINGER RELAY:
Park Cities XC Youth, 2:33:09
 
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL EXECUTIVE CHALLENGE:   
Matthew Crownover, Sunnyvale, Texas, 2:57:14
 
DUO TO RIO presented by AT&T: 
Abdi Abdirahman & Deena Kastor, 2:19:49
Meb Keflezighi & Becky Wade, 2:20:35
Sam Chelanga & Molly Huddle, 2:21:35         
Luke Puskedra & Annie Bersagel, 2:22:10
Jared Ward & Desi Linden, 2:23:34
 
PRO RELAY CHALLENGE: 
FC Dallas, 2:55:07
 
OSCAR LAST MEN RUNNING: 
Relay team passed 3,128 participants, 3:22:11

About the Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon: the Dallas Marathon. Now in its 45th running, the marquee property attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.75 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit DallasMarathon.com.


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