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Kenya Native Wins Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

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Kenya native David Kellum crosses the finish line in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium to win the 2011 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in Knoxville, Tenn. Kellum, who resides in Kennesaw, Ga., won the seventh annual event by finishing the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:24:32. Image by ASI Photo


Kenya native David Kellum, who resides in Kennesaw, Ga., won the seventh annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon on Sunday. Kellum finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:24:32.

Jynocel Basweti of Marietta, Ga., came in second at 2:24:57, and Moninda Marube of Arlington, Texas, was third with a time of 2:30:00. Both Basweti and Marube also are natives of Kenya.

In the women's category, the top spot went to Kathy Wolski of Knoxville, Tenn., for the third consecutive year. Her time was 2:58:45, her best of the three victories. Katie Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., came in second at 3:04:36, and Mary Snipes of Franklin, Tenn., came in third at 3:19:56.

In the men's half-marathon, Kenya native George Towett of Kennesaw, Ga., finished the course at 1:07:44 to take first place. Alan Horton of Knoxville, Tenn., was second with a time of 1:09:58. Third place for the men was Andrew Press of Nashville, Tenn. He finished at 1:11:04.

In the women's half-marathon, Alexa Hinton of Nashville, Tenn., took the top spot with a time of 1:22:43. Natasha Yaremczuk of Clermont, Fla., finished second at 1:23:27, and Gina Krabbendam of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., finished third at 1:25:26.

In the men's 5K run, Chris Kane of Knoxville, Tenn., took first with a time of 16:41. Ed Wright of Oak Ridge, Tenn., finished second at 16:51, and Ray Wilson of Powell, Tenn., finished third at 18:09.

Madeline Christian of Knoxville, Tenn., won the women's 5K with a time of 19:46. Maria Jugan of Louisville, Tenn., took second place at 21:40, and Meredith Priest of Knoxville, Tenn., took third place with a time of 21:57.

The field also included several hand cyclists competing in the marathon. In the men's category, Greg Queen of Lily, Ky., came in first for the second consecutive year with a time of 1:44:03. Vern Achenbach of Snellville, Ga., finished second at 1:50:32, and Joseph Beimfohr of Annandale, Va., finished third with a time of 2:04:14. The only competitor in the women's category was Carly Waugh of Knoxville, Tenn., who finished fourth overall among handcyclists for with a time of 2:08:36.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon also offered a four-person marathon relay and the one-mile Covenant Kids Run.

"Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the seventh annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon," said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health, the marathon's title sponsor. "We would also like to congratulate and thank the city of Knoxville, the Knoxville Track Club, the community and the volunteers for again making this the most successful year for the event so far with a record number of more than 6,700 participants."

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, racewalking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.

Published April 3, 2011, 1:18 p.m.

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