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December 9, 2011

Oh dear. The Internet is upside-down again.

In the loopy world of blogs, this is the first post you'll see. For us, it's the last.

From the time this blog launched with several contributors, it has always been in a bit of a gerrymandered space between the sports and health worlds, with some transportation and food thrown in.

We've lost some voices in the year since then, so it's with some relief that those of us still active move to Picture of Health this month. We hope you'll come with us so we won't have to miss you.

It's been fun. Thanks for all the comments!

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October 15, 2011

Stephen Muange is Baltimore Marathon winner; Shurkhno repeats for women

Olena Shurkhno at the 2010 Baltimore Marathon. Shurkhno repeated her win for the 2011 event.

Kenyan Stephen Muange has barely pulled ahead of two competitors to win the 2011 Baltimore Marathon.

Muange battled fellow elites Ambesse Tolosa and Tesfaye Assefaudube until the very end of the race, with all three competitors finishing within seconds of each other -- a relatively unusual situation in a race that spans more than two hours.

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October 16, 2010

Female winner

Olena Shurkhno has won in the female division of the marathon in two hours, 32 minutes and 17 seconds. 2009 champion Iuliia Arkipova finished second, with a time of 2:32:09 2:33:52.

In the 5K, which finished earlier today the first ID'd runner to finish was Tristram Thomas, who finished in 15:51 (UPDATE: A runner previously identified only as "Unknown runner" in the results has been named as Matt Straughm, a 30-year-old from Glendale). The female winner for that race was Cara Wettlaufer, who finished in 19:32. Full 5K results are available here.

In the team relay, results are available -- sort of. As of posting time, they're just a rather random series of numbers/ I'm looking forward to providing more details soon.

David Rutoh has won the marathon

David Rutoh has won the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon. Rutoh paid his own way to the race, according to marathon organizers.

See the "stride by stride" category and follow BowieMike on Twitter to view other race updates.

Rutoh won after the two earliest contenders slowed down at miles 18 and 22.

Rutoh's time of 2:13:11 is the second fastest in the marathon's history, behind only Keter's 2008 record of 2:11:56, which was run on a slightly different course.

October 15, 2010

Recent Winners: Julia (Iuliia) Arkhipova

Julia%20Arkhipova.jpg Name: Julia (Iuliia) Arkhipova

Gender: Female

Won in: 2009

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Recent Winners: Alfonsi Kibor Yatich

Alfonsi%20Kibor%20Yatich.jpgName: Alfonsi Kibor Yatich

Gender: Male

Won in: 2009

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Recent Winners: Maria Portilla

Maria%20Portilla.jpg Name: Maria Portilla

Gender: Female

Won in: 2008

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Recent Winners: Julius Kipyego Keter

Julius%20Keter.jpgName: Julius Kipyego Keter

Gender: Male

Won in: 2008

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October 14, 2010

Recent Winners: John Itati

John%20Itati.jpg Name: John Itati

Gender: Male

Won in: 2007, 2004

Running Baltimore marathon in 2010: No.

What he remembers: The speed. He ran a 2:14 in Baltimore, which stood for years as the course record.

In free time: When at home, Itati tends a small farm.

On broken records: At 36, Itati has been complementing his running with mentoring work for awhile now, instructing and acting as an example for other runners. As for having the best time, “it comes and goes.”

Location: Currently living in Kenya, Itati hopes to be in America next March, leading toward a possible Baltimore appearance in 2011.

Diet since Baltimore: Corn meal, honey and beans are the staples Itati relies on most.

Extra: Itati and Asiba shared a Pennsylvania training site, coach and promotions manager at the time of their 2007 wins.

About these posts: We'll be taking a look at the half-dozen most recent marathon winners as the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival approaches. The Exercists blog will be showing live blog posts and tweets during all Saturday running festival events, with expanded coverage in the baltimoresun.com marathon section. Check back on the blog frequently for updated Baltimore marathon news.


 


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Recent winners: Gladys Asiba

Gladys%20Asiba.jpgName: Gladys Asiba

Gender: Female

Won in: 2007

Running Baltimore marathon in 2010: No.

What she remembers: The finish.

In free time these days: At 33, Asiba recently gave birth, so free time is short -- especially considering that she's actively working on getting back into shape for a possible Olympic run in 2012. “Since I'm doing my training, it's been good looking to the future,” she says. “You can feel the way my body's responding.”

Recent location: Kenya. Asiba grew up in Kisii Land, then moved to Nairobi, where she has lived and trained since 1994.

Diet since Baltimore: “Right now, I can take rice, with beans and some fruit,” Asiba said during a midday interview last Thursday. “When I come from training, I have to take something.” Lunch is usually rice and beans, with occasional meat. Dinner is frequently bread, meat, and greens, along with fruit sometimes.

Extra: Asiba says her training group is widely dispersed, with runners in Kenya, Germany, Canada and the United States. and that her main coach is not always available on-site.

About these posts: We'll be taking a look at the half-dozen most recent marathon winners as the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival approaches. Exercists will be showing live blog posts and tweets during all Saturday running festival events, with expanded coverage in the baltimoresun.com marathon section. Check back on the blog frequently for updated Baltimore marathon news.

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Andrea Siegel, a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, covers mostly crime and courts in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, as well as legal issues. She wishes she was more physically fit, and, as she's more fond of chocolate than exercise, fitness is a challenge. Her partner on a one-mile-plus daily walk is the family dog, a mixed breed named Moxie, and she exercises at the gym where the D.C. snipers once worked out.
Jerry Jackson has been a photo editor at The Baltimore Sun for 14 years and an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. Inspired by the movie "Breaking Away," he started racing as a teenager in Mississippi when leather "brain baskets" were still the norm. He regularly commutes to work by bike and still enters several mountain bike races a year for fun.
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Patrick Maynard, who will be writing about running and walking, has been a producer for baltimoresun.com since 2008. In 2009, he tweeted on-course for the Sun from the Baltimore Marathon, finishing in just under 4 hours and almost managing to run the whole time. He sometimes walks to the Sun offices on Calvert Street.
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Leeann Adams, a multimedia editor at The Baltimore Sun, also dabbles in content for the mobile website and iPhone app and covers the Ravens via video. She did a triathlon to celebrate her 40th birthday and continues to swim, bike and run -- none of them quickly, though. Her biggest fitness challenge is to balance working, working out, spending time with her husband and being a mom to a 6-year-old boy.
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Anica Butler, the Sun's crime editor, is a former high school runner and recovering vegetarian who spent more of her early-adult years on a bar stool than working out. She is currently training (though poorly) for a half marathon and is trying to live a generally healthier lifestyle. She also hates the gym.
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