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Locals Finish 1st in Publix Georgia Marathon & Half
Locals Finish 1st in Publix Georgia Marathon & Half

ATLANTA -- Despite the best running weather in the history of the race, there were no records set in the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday.

But runners had reason to celebrate.

"It's a personal accomplishment," said Catherine Hamilton of Athens. "You set your goals and work hard for them. It's an amazing feeling to be able to go home and say, 'I did it.'"

A total of 19,100 runners took part in the race to make it the largest in the five-year history of the race. It was the first year for Publix as the presenting sponsor.

Two runners from Metro Atlanta took first place.

For the second year in a row, Jynocel Basweti, 25, of Marietta was the first to finish the Publix Georgia Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:29:44. Andrew Heath, 26, of Atlanta came in second with a time of 2:34:51.

"I'm very happy. This is my second win," Basweti told race officials. "There were a lot of hills on this course, but I like to run the hills."

Janet Becker, 37, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first female to finish the marathon with a time of 3:00:41. In third place, Patricia Coppel, 27, of Atlanta finished with a time of 3:08:18.

Leo Kormanik, 28, of Atlanta was the first to finish the Half-Marathon with a time of 1:06:53. Jill Horst, 32, of Rome, Georgia, was the first female to finish the half with a time of 1:21:55.

Josh Cassidy, 26, of Canada took first place in the wheelchair half-marathon with a time of 50:37.

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The youngest runner was 12, and the oldest runner was 82. The majority of runners, 54 percent, were women.

Carol Dellinger of Washington ran in her 248th marathon. It's also her 14th since being diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy last year.

"It's a message to women that cancer isn't a death sentence," she said. "You can beat it with early detection."

Runners who have taken part in all five Georgia marathons wore special numbers labeled "streakers."

"When they told me I was a streaker, it took me back to my college days for a second," said Robert Johnson of Atlanta with a chuck;e. "It wasn't one of my best. But anytime you get to the start line and finish line, it's great."

Several people with ties to Japan raced with a mission. 

They carried flags and wore special t-shirts, asking people to pray for Japan.

The race course passed through many neighborhoods in Atlanta and Decatur, including Five Points, Georgia State University, Atlanta Civic Center, the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr, Little 5 Points, The Carter Center, Olmstead Park, Agnes Scott College, Decatur Square, Emory University, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Park, and Georgia Tech.