Jesse R. Cox
HE SAID IT "I run pretty much every weekend. I just like to get up and get out. I mainly want to finish alive, that's pretty much all I ever try to do!"
HE SAID IT "I just felt good, and I love running these 5Ks. Around the second mile, I took the lead. It was very special. I love it that everyone roots for me."
Emelia and Helen Hesselgren
TIME 21:29.65 (Helen); 25:25.44 (Emelia)
THEY SAID IT: "I love making myself stronger and running faster and faster. I think I finished really fast," Helen said.
"I just wanted to finish in 20 minutes so we can get a puppy. Dad said if I run under 20 minutes or 20 minutes flat, I get a puppy," Emelia said.
HE SAID IT "I was trying to finish under 30 total minutes, and I finished in 29 and a half. I'm feeling pretty good today. This is kind of a motivation to get back into it, lose a little weight and exercise."
HE SAID IT "I gave it everything I had. I came in as strong as I could come. This is a great way to get inspired to get in shape and also do something nice for charity."
SHE SAID IT "I was excited to see the finish line because I was very tired. When I saw the finish line, I knew I had met my accomplishment of completing a 5K. It's a goal I started at the beginning of the year."
HE SAID IT "It takes about 14 years of running [to succeed]. I've been running since I was a freshman or earlier than that. The running community in Fayetteville, Springdale and all of Northwest Arkansas is special."
HOMETOWN Norwich, Vt.
HE SAID IT "I'm trying to get back into shape. I'm planning on running a full marathon, so this is the perfect training for that. There was some wind out there ... welcome to Arkansas!"
HOMETOWN Cary, N.C.
SHE SAID IT "I've got a friend of mine out there, and our goal is to run in all 50 states. I think this makes 30. I dressed inappropriately for the weather, so I probably ran a little faster because it was so cold."
SHE SAID IT "This is probably my third time running this. It was hilly, windy. It's an awesome, awesome race. My goal was always to get 2:30. I've never beaten 2:40, but I made this one under three hours, and considering my age, I'm very proud."
HOMETOWN Sand Springs, Okla.
HE SAID IT "I run ultras and do some other stuff. I was trying for sub-three minutes, but I knew with the wind and other stuff it wasn't gonna happen. This is my fourth marathon this year. I like getting to the end of myself and continuing to push."
John Howard III
HOMETOWN Austin, Texas
HE SAID IT "I think mostly with the wind, it's just mental. It feels like it's slowing you down even though it's probably not really doing too much. I didn't do as well as I did a few weeks ago in Little Rock, but I was happy with my performance."
SHE SAID IT "It was really not bad until we hit mile 13, and then we hit Don Tyson. That wind was brutal. This is my second marathon. It's fun. People don't understand it, but it's really fun. Pushing your body and just knowing you're stronger than what your legs tell you is really fun."
SHE SAID IT "This was my first marathon. I think the training was hard, being disciplined and consistent. It was worth it. The race course was really good."
Sports on 04/15/2018
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