Town Brookhaven Hosts 4th Annual Allstate Life Insurance℠ Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K
Georgians Reuben Mwei of Kennesaw and Justyna Mudy of Rome claim titles
Fourth annual event sees record turnout
ATLANTA – October 7, 2012 – A record field of 4,500 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta’s Town Brookhaven community for the fourth annual Allstate Life Insurance℠ Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K events this morning. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 5K started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the hybrid Publix, and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.
Reuben Mwei, of Kennesaw, Ga., won first place in the male division with a time of 1:09:12. The 26-year-old improved upon his second-place finish from a year ago. Jay Stephenson, of Rome, Ga., took second place with a time of 1:09:54, while Alan Black from Hillsboro, Ga., earned third place with a time of 1:10:53.
On the women’s side, Justyna Mudy, 27, of Rome, Ga., claimed first place with a time of 1:17:51. Like Mwei, she also finished in second place in last year’s race. Placing second was Tamara Karrh from Marietta, Ga., with a time of 1:22:48, and Meagan Nedlu of Salem, Mass., took third with a time of 1:23:35.
The Karhu 5K provided an extra incentive to all competitors as the Finnish shoe company encouraged all runners to try to "Beat the Karhu Bear." The first 10 runners who "Beat the Karhu Bear” received a coupon for a free pair of Karhu running shoes. Only four runners were able to accomplish the feat with David Nierenberg of Goldsboro, N.C. leading the way with a first-place finishing time of 0:17:55. The Bear costume was worn by recent Life University graduate, Bill Moss of Marietta, Ga., as he placed fifth overall with a time of 0:20:55.
The course encompassed Town Brookhaven in Atlanta's Brookhaven community, situated on Peachtree Road, north of Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, and bordering the historic Oglethorpe University.
In conjunction with this year’s race, Allstate® Life Insurance and non-profit organization Give Your Sole collected moderately used athletic shoes from runners and spectators to benefit The Gateway Center, an organization helping Atlanta area men and women move out of homelessness. Several hundred shoes were donated in exchange for a free pair of flip-flops for runners to wear home.
All results are available at http://www.131marathon.com/Atlanta/.
In addition to the Allstate Life Insurance℠ Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K, US Road Sports & Entertainment (USRS) also produces the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon held in Atlanta on March 17, 2013; Chicago Half Marathon, ING Miami Marathon, New Jersey Marathon and the Salt Lake City Marathon.
Remaining 2012 Allstate Life Insurance℠ 13.1 Marathon® Series races include – Dallas - October 27: features a dramatic downtown start amongst the “all hat and all cattle” iconic Big D skyline; and Fort Lauderdale - November 11: offers an amazing sunrise on a scenic and friendly course with a start near Port Everglades and the Broward Convention Center.
Upcoming 2013 Allstate Life Insurance℠ 13.1 Marathon® Series races include – Los Angeles – January 13: California Dreamin’ on a Winters Day. Runners are treated to beautiful Southern California weather on a course that starts right along the Pacific Ocean on the Venice Boardwalk, and then a very flat and fast course finishes up in Playa Del Rey; Miami Beach – March 9: Runners will take the scenic route of South Beach with a start on famous Ocean Drive and a beautiful beach side finish and a chance to witness the crowning of the Half Marathon National Champion; New York – March 23: will be run within historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, and begins in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium; Chicago – June 8: runners will enjoy the South Side of Chicago with a beautiful course that starts and finishes at the South Shore Cultural Center and runs right along Lake Michigan.
About US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS): US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, USRS strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. USRS provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.