Virginia man, Austin woman win 2013 San Antonio Rock N Roll Marathon
San Antonio welcomes 26,000 runners for Rock 'N' Marathon
A Virginia man and an Austin woman were the first to cross the finish line Sunday morning in their respective divisions at San Antonio's 6th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.
Michael Wardian, 39, of Arlington, VA finished the full 26.2 mile marathon course with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds.
Austin resident Jena Kincaid, 25, was the first woman to cross the finish line of the full marathon with a time of 3 hours, 5 minutes and 11 seconds.
Wardian and Kincaid were part of thousands who took part in Sunday morning's marathon through the streets of downtown San Antonio.
An estimated 26,000 runners representing 13 countries took part in the event that included a 1/2 marathon, relay and mini marathon and a bike tour. A marathoner spoke with KSAT about running with thousands of people.
"It's always hard to find good positioning in the race because when you are running with so many people, it's hard to get a comfortable pace and good position where you can do your best but also adjust to the different runners here," said Brandon Caise, marathoner. "That's what makes this race so great, you never know what type of runners your going to get here."
The marathon promptly started at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with temperatures in the mid 70s. Despite the warmer temperatures and humidity, there were no major medical problems or issues to report as of 11:30 a.m.
More than 3,000 volunteers and organizers were up early Sunday to prepare for the event and to hand out water to marathoners as they ran the course.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was among those to participate in the half-marathon. Several runners told KSAT they were running for good cause including breast cancer research and the Wounded Warrior Project.
"It means a whole lot to me, just knowing the community comes together to support those who are serving our country is very touching," said Jennifer Tapia-Romaniak, U.S. Navy Veteran.
The 2013 Marathon course included some new sights and sounds that included Brackenridge Park, the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Antonio Zoo. Free music also greeted runners at several points along the course.
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