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Posted: February 7, 2017:  

Athletics: Tallahassee Marathon Sees Record Breaking Registration for 43rd Annual Event

Bryan Morseman and Tamara Kozulina Triumph Over 26.2 Miles to Take Top Awards

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Over 1300 runners registered to make the 43rd running of the Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon a record breaking one. The event welcomed participants from all over the world for a 26.2 mile tour of the Capital City. After taking on the trying hills and tough competition, Bryan Morseman and Tamara Kozulina triumphed, taking top prizes in the male and female fields this past Sunday.

Morseman, hailing from Bath, N.Y., completed the course in 2:27:11. Kozulina, from Clermont, Fla., clocked in at 3:09:25. Both are returning champions, with Morseman winning the 2014 and Kozulina winning the 2016 event. Finishing in second and third place for the menís fields were Simon Karlsson and Orinthal Striggles. The womenís top finishers were rounded out by Camilla Bloss in second and Julia Corley in third.

Outstanding performances were also seen in the half marathon event from two international racers, where Ricardo Estremera, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and now a resident of Tallahassee, completed the course in 1:09:51 taking first place in the menís event. British Olympian Kate Reed, of Bristol, England, clocked in at 1:13:43 to claim first place in the womenís event. Finishing in second and third place for the menís fields were Sergey Zyrianov and Griffith Graves. The womenís top finishers also included Joy Miller in second and Allison Eagen in third.

"Once again, we are floored by the way that our city has embraced this race," said Ely Rosario, Tallahassee Marathon race director. "The new course continues to shine a spotlight on the beauty of our town and the spirit that our residents share with every runner they cheer on. Congratulations to all of our finishers!"

The weekendís events included a special Youth Marathon event, a bustling expo, and a finish line festival. All of the features of race weekend combined have an impact on more than just the legs of runners. The marathon weekend festivities makes an outstanding mark on the local economy. It starts with tourism, as runners come from as far as Sweden, Germany, France, London, Mexico and Puerto Rico to explore and race in the Capital City. As well, the marathon engaged and partnered with 80 sponsors, from local businesses to national brands.

The top finishers in each event received various cash prizes. All finishers in both the half and full marathon events received medals for their achievement. 1100 runners participated in the event, with a considerable number traveling to take part in the running of the race.

The race was presented by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital City Runners and Gulf Winds Track Club, and benefits the Hang Tough Foundation.

Gulf Winds Track Club was founded in 1975. The club hosts a full schedule of races throughout the year on road, track, and trail, from a 50-meter dash to a 50-mile run. Gulf Winds Track Club and its members also support other running and fitness related activities and events in the community.

The Hang Tough Foundationís mission is to be a physical, mental, and financial reprieve for families with children experiencing illness or special needs. Their programs are designed to provide support, hope and encouragement to our clients during their journey.

For more information on the marathon, todayís results and information on next yearís event, please visit TalahasseeMarathon.com.

ABOUT TALLAHASSEE MARATHON

The 43rd annual Tallahassee Marathon was held on February 5, 2017. Beginning in 1975 with just two participants, the marathon is now a well- known and eagerly anticipated event in Floridaís capital city of Tallahassee (the half-marathon began in the 1980s). Continuing with the courses introduced during the 2016 event, Tallahassee marathon and half-marathon courses highlight local landmarks and parks and run through neighborhoods and business districts. For more information, visit TalahasseeMarathon.com.


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