Monday, May 07, 2001

Cincinnati wins city challenge

        Cincinnati defeated Columbus, Akron and Louisville in the inaugural City Cup Challenge in Sunday's Flying Pig Marathon. Five men and five women represent each city. The winner is the lowest combined time of the top three men's and women's finishers from each city.

        Cincinnati's runners totaled 17:55:11, with Columbus more than 11 minutes behind (18:06:25). Akron was third in 19:42:27.

        The Cincinnati men were Barrett Hopper (sixth overallin 2:37:36), Phil Helbig, Tom Zimmerly, Bill Valenzano and Dave Plank. Its women were Cheryl McKettrick (eighth among women in 3:12:41), Laurie Rueve (ninth in 3:13:30), Betsy Armentrout, Emma Bracey and Marianne Babiak.

        “It's an advantage to have the home course, but we couldn't do anything about the (warm) weather,” Hopper said. “This (Challenge Cup) is another opportunity to help us showcase the city.”

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