A veteran marathoner and a newcomer to the 26.2-mile race won first-place honors at Saturday's St. George Marathon.
Salt Lake's Alvaro Palacios jumped out with course record-holder Paul Cummings early, then slowed up because of cramping legs during the latter stages of the race. With a final time of 2 minutes, 21.28 seconds, Palacios held on for a two-second victory in the men's overall division, with Harold Ketting of Santa Barbara, Calif., finishing second with a time of 2:23.38.Janell Burgon of Orem, a mother of three who had run collegiately for BYU as was more accustomed to the shorter 5- and 10-kilometer races, won the women's overall championship in her first attempt at running a marathon. Burgon finished with a 2:42.32 mark, ahead of the 2:44.08 logged by Angela French of Scottsdale, Ariz.
The 14th annual St. George Marathon also doubled as the TAC National Masters Marathon Championships with year. Jerry Martinez of Velarde, N.M., won the men's masters with a 2:27.05, finishing fourth overall. susan Hayens of Olympia, Wash., win the women's masters with a time of 2:50.15, winning the 40-44 division, too.