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story.lead_photo.caption Yao Long, 25, of Changchun, China, crosses the Little Rock Marathon finish line with a winning time of 2:44:49. ( Sara Janak )

Despite dreary weather conditions and a challenging course, Yao Long and Angie Zinkus conquered their first Little Rock Marathon on Sunday.

Long, 25, of Changchun, China, won the event’s men’s division with a time of 2:44:49. Zinkus, 38, of Eads, Tenn., took home the winning title in the women’s division with a time of 2:59:59.7.

This was the first time for both Long and Zinkus to compete in the Little Rock Marathon.

About 10,000 athletes packed the starting line at East Capitol Avenue & Scott Street to take part in the 10K, half-marathon and marathon events, and crossed the finish line at President Clinton Avenue & Sherman Street in the River Market District.

Last year’s marathon winners didn’t make an appearance this year. Mark Chepses of Iowa crossed the finish line with a time of 2:25:45 and and Leah Thorvilson of of Little Rock finished in 2:42:39 last year.

Zinkus, an experienced runner who has competed in the Boston Marathon, said Sunday’s run was extra challenging due to chilly temperatures and a lot of hills along the course.

“I ran two Bostons, and for me this course was much harder.”

Read Monday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

2015 Little Rock Marathon

Angie Zinkus, 38, of Eads, Tenn., took home the winning title in the women’s division with a time of 2:59:59.7. Yao Long, 25, of Changchun, China, won the men’s division with a time of 2:44:49. (By Sara Janak)
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