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The SQUEAL : May 2, 2008
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10th Annual Flying Pig Marathon


The 10th anniversary Flying Pig Marathon weekend began with a local high school teacher and cross country coach crossing the finish line first in the Toyota 10K, but technically he was not the first to finish the race.

Michael Dehring of Pleasant Ridge, an English teacher at St. Xavier High School, won the Toyota 10K in 34:11. Second was 36-year old Brett Rubin and third was Pete Beckman, both of Cincinnati. Rubin's time was 37:33 and Beckman's was 38:09.

"I wanted to go out under control and then finish strong," said the 37-year old Dehring, who ran at a 5:21 pace. "I was by myself for most of the race."

The reason Dehring technically was not the first to finish the Toyota 10K was that early Saturday morning in Baghdad, Special Agent Marc Dolphin serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, ran the Toyota 10K in 45:11. Special Agent Dolphin signed up for the 'Pig' back in March.

"I completed the race early, early this morning before the temperature reached triple digits," Dolphin emailed from Baghdad. "I apologize for not including a photograph after I finished, but my friends and co-workers weren't even close to waking up yet."

The women's winner in the Toyota 10K was 39-year old Larisa Mikhaylovd of Cincinnati, who won last year's Half Marathon presented by National City. She won in a time of 38:50. Second among women was 15-year-old Shelly Peters of Cincinnati with a time of 41:35 and third was 46-year-old Ann Difrancesco of Fredricktown, Ohio, with a 45:34 time.

Mikhaylovd is coming off a second place women's finish at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon a week ago. "This was a good race," she said. "Not cold at all. The volunteers were very helplful."

In the Fleet Feet Sports 5K, 27-year-old Nate Jenkins of Lowell, Massachusetts won in a time of 14:52. A delegate to this week's Road Runners' Club of America convention this weekend in Cincinnati, Jenkins won in the race that served as the RRCA's national championship for that distance.

"It was a great race. It was a good day for runners," said Jenkins, who usually competes in marathons. The corners were a little tough because of the rain, but it wasn't a problem."

Second in the Fleet Feet Sports 5K men's division was 32-year-old Matthew Folk of Canfield, Ohio in a time of 15:24 and third was 19-year-old Sean Kelley of Oxford, Ohio, with a 17:08 time.

Winning the women's division of the Fleet Feet Sports 5K was 21-year-old Leslie Kraus of Cleves, Ohio, in a time of 18:04. "It's my personal best by some 30 seconds."

Second among women was veteran Cincinnati-area runner Jill Tranter of Walton, Kentucky with a 18:40 time, and third was 59-year-old Sabra Harvey of Houston, in 19:58.

The Toyota 10K had a total registration of 1,587, while 2,545 registered for the Fleet Feet 5K chip timed and untimed divisions. For the Kids' one miler, 830 were registered and 540 were signed up for the Flying Piglet Fun Runs.

On Sunday a record crowd is expected to line up at the start line for the Marathon, Half Marathon presented by National City, the Ernst & Young 4-person relay, wheelchair division and the CEO Challenge presented by the Business Courier.

The 10th annual Flying Pig Marathon weekend will be Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4, 2008, featuring the full marathon, Half Marathon presented by National City and Ernst & Young 4-Person Relay, Business Courier CEO Challenge, Toyota 10K, Fleet Feet Sports 5K and the Piglet presented by First Watch, The Enquirer and Children's Hospital. Other events include the National City Expo and Duke Energy Pasta "Pig Out" Dinner hosted by Wal-Mart. Presenting sponsors are Duke Energy, National City, CoActive Marketing Group, Ernst and Young and Paycor.

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