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Duplessis, Farr Win Rose Bowl Half Marathon
At the 6th edition, runners finish on 50-yard line of storied football stadium

Duplessis, Farr Win Rose Bowl Half Marathon

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Posted Thursday, 26 January, 2012

From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA

PASADENA, Calif. - (January 22, 2012) - Participants in the Rose Bowl Half Marathon enjoyed clear skies and cool temperatures as they toured the scenic and historic roads of Pasadena on Sunday morning. Established in 2007 by Pacific Sports LLC and the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the event has become a winter tradition drawing participants from across the country. This year's event had 1,562 total entrants, reaffirming its presence on the Southern California running calendar.

The 13.1-mile race led runners through a scenic and technical course that included hills, trails, and river crossings. Jeanpaul Duplessis, 37, of Pomona, CA was the overall winner in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 20 seconds. The women's title was awarded to Emily Farr, 27, of La Crescenta, CA, who clocked 1:31:39.

Competitors in the 5K & 10K races followed the traditional and popular Rose Bowl Loop leading runners around the stadium and Brookside Golf Course. The overall winner of the 10K event was Ben Mejia, 35, of Pomona breaking the finish tape at 35:16, while Cortney Haile, 34, of Santa Monica won the women's race in 41:38.

The overall winner of the 2012 Rose Bowl Half Marathon 5K was Brian Reese, 37 of Collierville, TN finishing in just 19:14 and Jamie Peng, 18, of Temple City, CA won the women's 5K race, clocking a 20:15.

Following the race, competitors and spectators alike enjoyed the festivities in the Finish Area, located inside the Rose Bowl's Court of Champions. Participants 21 years and older were able to celebrate in the MillerCoors Beer Garden adjacent to the Finish Area and all attendees regardless of age enjoyed music from 97.1 AMP Radio.

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