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Results: Flying Pig Marathon 10K, 5K starts Marathon Weekend

CINCINNATI (May 1, 2010) – A tight finish in the Fleet Feet Sports 5K and an incredible gesture of sportsmanship in the Toyota 10K highlighted the opening events of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G.

Rainy skies greeted the 1,588 participants for the opening event of the weekend, the Toyota 10K. Fernando Ceccopieri, 52, of Loveland, won the event in 37:19. Second was 39-year-old Mark Harrell of Raleigh, N.C. in a time of 37:44 and 34-year-old Robert Horn of Red Bank, New Jersey was third in 38:45.

“I was able to break away about mile four,” said Ceccopieri, who was running his first Pig event. “It felt good to be out there in the rain.”

On the women’s side, 29-year-old Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, New York, won in a time of 44:00 after collapsing three times before crossing the finish line. As she collapsed the third time, just short of the timing mat, 23-year-old Amy Schoenfeld of Westwood stopped and helped Klarfeld cross first, even though Schoenfeld could have won the event easily. Schoenfeld’s official time was 44:01.

“She deserved to win,” said Schoenfeld. “She was leading the entire race. She just ran into trouble there right at the end.”

“I didn’t properly train for the 10K,” admitted Klarfeld, who received medical treatment at the finish line and was able to leave under her own power in about a half hour. “When I got past mile six, I knew I was in trouble.”

Third was 32-year-old Stephanie Moses of New York, finishing at 46:10.

In the Fleet Feet Sports 5K, the men’s finish came down to a dash down the final stretch as 22-year-old George Moran of Maineville edged Michael Dehring, the winner of the 2008 Toyota 10K. Moran won in 16:40 in his first Flying Pig event while Dehring, of Sycamore Township, came in at 16:42. Third was 16-year-old Antony Parnigone of Newtown.

“I thought I could catch him in that last tenth of a mile, said Dehring, 39. “George ran a great race.”

In the women’s division, 27-year-old Meghan Ward of Cincinnati was the winner in a time of 20:10 while a pair of 14-year-olds finished just behind. Hannah Helmers of Cincinnati had a time of 20:38 while fellow teenager Skyler Green of Dixie Heights, KY finished in 21:02.

A total of 1,900 entries started the Fleet Feet Sports 5K in a light drizzle.

Tomorrow’s events include the City Dash 4-person relay, the Paycor Corporate Relay, the half marathon and full marathon. Wheelchair entries start at 6:25 a.m. while the full field takes off at 6:30 a.m.