Monday, May 15, 2000

Men's winner: Second time charm for Jun

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

There's no one else in sight as Rudolph Jun crosses the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        A good night's sleep is not always a prerequisite for running a good marathon.

        Rudolph Jun ran away with the second Flying Pig Marathon Sunday after spending Saturday night and early Sunday driving from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to Cincinnati.

        “I slept a little,” he said. “I had a friend help me drive.”

        Rudolph, a 28-year-old from the Czech Republic, didn't get to Cincinnati until 5 a.m. — an hour and 45 minutes before the race's start.

        He took the lead almost immediately and was never challenged. He won in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 4 seconds. Isaac Barnes, a 24-year-old from Williamsport, Ohio, finished second, 8:40 behind Jun. That's over 11/2-miles back.

Jun finishes almost nine minutes ahead of the runner-up.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        Jun finished second to Elly Rono last year in the first Pig.

        “My manager finds races for me,” Jun said. “It was good last year, so I came back.”

        Jun won $1,600 for his effort.

        “I didn't even know how much money they were giving,” he said.

        Jun has lived in the United States for three years. He has run a 2:16:32 marathon. But that was in 1993.

        He didn't know what to expect Sunday. Last year, Rono was a late entrant. Jun ran with Rono early but ended up finishing 1:16 behind him.

        Sunday, the race was clearly for second after Jun broke away.

        “I wasn't trying to break away,” he said. “I was just trying to run my pace. It's easy to run when you have nobody in front of you or behind you.”

        Jun's time Sunday was 30 seconds slower than his time from last year's. The course was changed to move the finish line from Union Terminal to Sawyer Point.

        Jun didn't see a great difference.

        “It was very much the same,” he said. “I like the course.”


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