Monday, May 15, 2000

Women's winner: Hills no sweat to Sharonville native

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rebecca Gallaher, a Princeton High grad, won the women's division.
(Gary Landers photos)
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        Rebecca Gallaher grew up in Sharonville and went to college in North Carolina. Running hills has always been a key element of her training. But the last few months, she's been living in Mississippi, where her husband Shawn is stationed with the Navy.

        “It's flat — no hills at all,” she said.

        That had her concerned going into the Flying Pig Marathon. The Pig is konwn for it hills.

        “I knew the hills would be a challenge,” she said.

        She was up to it. Gallaher ran won the women's division of Flying Pig. Her time of 2:49:32 was almost eight minutes faster than Sommer Settell's winning time in last year's Pig.

        Gallaher was the only woman to break three hours. She finished 17th overall. Patti Shepard, of Penorse, N.C., was the second women. She finished in 3:02:20.

        Gallaher ran track and cross country at Princeton High School and at North Carolina-Asheville.

Gallaher finished 17th overall.
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        The marathon is her speciality now.

        “The longer the better,” she said.

        Sunday's race was her sixth marathon and her third fastest time. She ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the February, finishing 51st.

        She considered running last year's Pig.

        “But we were stationed in Washington state,” she said. “It was too hard to get back. But my uncle volunteered last year (at the Pig). He said, "You've got to run it.'”

        Gallaher, 25, combined a little competition with a family visit.

        “It was as chance to see my mom on Mother's Day,” she said. “I had a lot of family out there. It was great.”

        Gallaher was impressed with her hometown marathon.

        “It's one of the best races I've been to,” she said. “There was tons of (fan) support on the course.”


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