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Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon announces race winners, Knoxvillian repeats as women’s champion

April 2, 2017

The 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place April 1-2 in Knoxville, continued its reign as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. Now in its 13th year, the 2017 race drew a record-setting more than 8,900 participants.

Gina Rouse of Knoxville won the women’s marathon for the second year in a row with a time of 2:52:06, beating her 2016 winning time of 2:53:16. Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, won the men’s marathon with a time of 2:25:15.

Covenant Health President and CEO Jim VanderSteeg (center) fires the starting pistol to signal runners to begin the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, following remarks from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (left) and Race Director Jason Altman (right). The race started in the early morning of April 2 on the Clinch Avenue viaduct in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Covenant Health President and CEO Jim VanderSteeg (center) fires the starting pistol to signal runners to begin the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, following remarks from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (left) and Race Director Jason Altman (right). The race started in the early morning of April 2 on the Clinch Avenue viaduct in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, congratulations to all the winners and participants who completed a race this weekend,” Covenant Health President and CEO Jim VanderSteeg said. “Whether you crossed the finish line at age 4 or 94, ran a marathon or jogged a 5K, raced for the first time or the 10th time, you should be proud of your accomplishment and for doing something good for your health.”

Race officials have verified the results in various categories, and the winners are as follows:

Men’s full marathon:

  1. Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, at 2:25:15
  2. Peter Limo of Morristown, New Jersey, at 2:28:37
  3. Peter Kemboi Chemaoy of Morristown, New Jersey, at 2:43:04

Women’s full marathon:

  1. Gina Rouse of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:52:06
  2. Lynn Baione of Sevierville, Tennessee, at 3:10:01
  3. Eden Slater of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:16:08
Knoxville resident Gina Rouse crosses the finish at the 50-yard-line in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, claiming the top spot in her hometown race and winning the women's full marathon for the second year in a row with a time of 2:52:06 in the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Knoxville resident Gina Rouse crosses the finish at the 50-yard-line in the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, claiming the top spot in her hometown race and winning the women’s full marathon for the second year in a row with a time of 2:52:06 in the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Men’s half marathon:

  1. Julius Koskei of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:07:24
  2. Austin Whitelaw of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:07:43
  3. Teferi Regasa of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:08:13

Women’s half marathon:

  1. Firegent Ayalew of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:22:47
  2. Evan Adams of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:23:14
  3. Amanda Martin of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 1:23:18

Men’s 5K:

  1. Andrew Ogle of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 16:44
  2. Aidan Delfuoco of Ann Arbor, Michigan, at 17:27
  3. Douglas Cross of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 17:46

Women’s 5K:

  1. Kelsey Kane of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 20:16
  2. Allison Wilson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 21:19
  3. Tommi Buford of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 22:17

The race also included several handcyclists and wheelchair competitors. Winners in the handcyclist category for the full marathon are as follows:

Men’s Handcycle Marathon:

  1. Kevin Siebarth of Monroe, Michigan, at 2:03:48
  2. Dennis Clark of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, at 2:06:18
  3. Ronald Malik of Tremont, Illinois, at 2:08:26

Women’s Handcycle Marathon:

  1. Carly Pearson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:29:42
Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, crosses the finish at the 50-yard-line in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, winning the men's full marathon with a time of 2:25:15 in the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, crosses the finish at the 50-yard-line in the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, winning the men’s full marathon with a time of 2:25:15 in the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

In addition to individual participants, the race also included a two- and four-person marathon relay. The men’s and women’s 5K run and one-mile Covenant Kids Run were held Saturday, April 1.

“Thank you to the City of Knoxville and scores of volunteers who worked to make this entire weekend a resounding success,” VanderSteeg added. “As the largest health system in East Tennessee, Covenant Health is committed to improving the quality of life in our region through better health, and that is why we have sponsored the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon for 13 years and will continue to do so through 2019. We look forward to many successful race events to come.”

For more information, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com or call 865-684-4294.

 

About Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, race-walking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.