Thousands finish Phoenix 12th annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Thousands of runners crossed the finish line Sunday morning in the 12th annual P.F. Chang's Rock `n' Roll Arizona Marathon.

More than 22,000 runners took off from the start line at the CityScape retail complex, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for race operator Competitive Group. The 26.2-mile course took participants through central Phoenix, Scottsdale and ended in Tempe Beach Park.

Roosevelt Cook, 35, of Oak Hills, California, took the top men's marathon spot with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 41 seconds. Ziola Gomez, 35 and from Alamosa, Colorado, won the woman's marathon with an exact time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Some of the runners were there to compete in the half-marathon, 10K or two-person relay. Amy Hastings, a graduate of Arizona State University, earned the top finisher time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 4 seconds in the half-marathon. Benson Cheruiyot, of Valparaiso, Chile, came in first for the men's half-marathon with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

No major medical issues or injuries were reported among participants, Cruz said. The weather could not have worked out better as well, he added.

"It was a picture-perfect day," Cruz said. "There was not a cloud in the sky. This is what makes Arizona such an ideal running region in the end of January."

Race finishers got a medal, a scenario that was put in jeopardy only days ago. Organizers had a close call as to whether the thousands of medals would arrive in time for the race. A backup in shipping at sea ports along the West Coast has been causing delays across the region. In recent months, a protracted contract dispute between dockworkers and their employers has spilled from the negotiating table onto the docks - and containers are taking longer to reach their destinations.

But the medals arrived in Phoenix on Saturday, just hours before the Rock `n' Roll 5K began.

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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon takes Phoenix streets

PHOENIX (AP) -- Thousands of runners crossed the finish line Sunday morning in the 12th annual P.F. Chang's Rock `n' Roll Arizona Marathon.

More than 22,000 runners took off in waves from the start line at CityScape retail complex. The 26.2-mile course took participants through central Phoenix, Scottsdale and ended in Tempe Beach Park.

Some of the runners were there to compete in the half-marathon, 10K or two-person relay.

Roosevelt Cook, of Oak Hills, California, took the top men's marathon spot with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 41 seconds. Ziola Gomez, from Alamosa, Colorado, won the woman's marathon with an exact time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Organizers say no major medical issues or injuries have been reported.

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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon to take over Phoenix streets

PHOENIX (AP) -- Thousands are expected to gather in downtown Phoenix to rock running shoes for several miles.

More than 22,000 runners are slated to be at the start line of the 12th annual P.F. Chang's Rock `n' Roll Arizona Marathon on Sunday morning at CityScape retail complex. The 26.2-mile course takes participants through central Phoenix, Scottsdale and then ending in Tempe Beach Park.

Other runners will be participating in the half-marathon, 10K or two-person relay.

The Wallflowers and OK Go will be the headlining bands at the Finish Line Festival.

Organizers had a close call when the arrival of thousands of finishers' medals was put in jeopardy because of shipping delays at West Coast ports.

But the medals arrived in Phoenix on Saturday, just hours before the Rock `n' Roll 5K began.

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