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May 8, 2013
Record Turnout for Borgess Run for the Health of It Weekend of Events
Scott McMahon
Kalamazoo welcomed more than 7,000 runners May 3-5 for the 34th annual Borgess Run for the Health of It festival of events.  Races held throughout the weekend included everything from a one-mile kids fun run to the Kalamazoo Marathon.
In the warm weather in western Michigan, no one could stop Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., who took first place in the marathon with a time of 2:36:18. Kalamazoo’s Alexander Standiford represented the host city by finishing in second place at 2:40:40. Hickory Corners native Kevin Rook placed third at 2:53:02.
Michelle Grevenstuk, of Otsego, finished seventh overall and first among women, registering a final time of 2:59:27. Grevenstuk was one of just eight runners to complete the marathon in less than three hours.  Kalamazoo native Chelsey Jones finished at 3:09:19 to earn second place among women, and Santa Fe, N.M. resident Alexie Rothman rounded out the top three at 3:26:32.
Runners make their way through the course at the Kalamazoo Marathon.  Photo credit: John Lacko Photography
Close to 2,400 runners completed the half marathon in Kalamazoo, none of whom could keep up with Kalamazoo’s Jeff Nordquist, who used the home-course advantage to complete the race at 1:11:00—a torrid pace of 5:24 per mile.  Portage’s Kyle Mena was not too far behind, finishing second at 1:11:42. Another Kalamazoo native took third place, as Andrew Simmons registered a finishing time of 1:17:42.
In the women’s division, Union City’s Hannah Norton cruised to a 1:24:15 time, which also earned her 13th place overall.  Kalamazoo’s Sarah Onderlinde claimed second place and 28th overall at 1:28:37, and Portage native Christen McCool was the third-fastest woman in the half marathon, finishing the race at 1:29:21.
The Kalamazoo Marathon was also the second leg of the Earn Your Mittens challenge, in which runners completed the May 4 Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha, Wis. before heading to Kalamazoo the next day to finish the challenge.  Organizers were “blown away” at the response to the challenge, as 58 runners completed both races within the time limits.
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