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Chepses, Rotich win Little Rock Marathon

By David Harten

This article was originally published March 3, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. Updated March 3, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.


Mark Chepses crossed the finish line to win his third Little Rock Marathon in a row.

Chepses, Rotich win Little Rock Marathon

Mark Chepses and Hellen Rotich were crowned 2013 Little Rock Marathon champions Sunday afternoon in the 11th running of the race. (By Lee Hogan and Daniel Krupsaw)
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Mark Chepses has made it three in a row.

Chepses, of West Des Moines, Iowa, captured the 11th running of the Little Rock Marathon on Sunday morning, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:19.51. Hellen Rotich of Austin, Texas, took top honors in the women's race, the second Little Rock Marathon win of her career after a win in 2008, finishing with a time of 2:47.16.

The win is Chepses' third in a row, and bested his winning time in 2012, which he ran in 2:29.42. Rotich topped her 2008 mark of 2:50.33.

The race was run by some 11,000-plus participants in both the marathon and half-marathon events, along with runners in the 10K and 5K events.

Leah Thorvilson, the four-time defending champion in the women's division, began the morning running in the marathon, but a nagging leg injury forced her to change course and finish the race in the half-marathon course. Thorvilson, however, was not named the winner of the half-marathon due to her registering for the full 26.2-mile race.

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