Scott Wietecha, Winner of the Country Music Marathon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
There was rain, wind and cold, but little else of significance happened at the 14th Country Music Marathon, except the sheer joy of running for more than 30,000 people.
The event through the streets of Nashville came 12 days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
There were more than 150 police officers, additional security cameras and a moment of silence for the victims just before the first runners took off at 7 a.m.
"We tried to be more visible this and let the public know what we are doing," said Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson at the starting line.
Over and over again, runners told News 2 they "felt secure" seeing mounted police officers and blinking cameras all along the route.
In end, the rainy day became what people will remember about this marathon.
"The roads were a little slick, but it was not too bad, keeps you nice and cool at least," said men's half-marathon winner Daniel LePage of Nashville who ran the distance in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 39 seconds.
Scott Wietecha of Hendersonville was the men's full marathon winner with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 41 seconds for his first marathon victory. He is only the second American champion in the 14 year history of the race.
Kenyans who dominated in first twelve years of the event did not compete this year or last year.
Other winners included Jill Horst of Rome, Ga., in the women's marathon at 2 hours, 57 minutes and 52 seconds, and Gisela Olalde, 27, of Nashville, in the women's half-marathon in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 58 seconds.