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May 30, 2010

Three set Bayshore Half-Marathon marks

Boitt, Pomaranski, Aufdemberge broke records

TRAVERSE CITY — Three course records were shattered Saturday in the Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Half-Marathon.

James Boitt lowered the mark in the men's open race in 1:06:01.64, while Andrea Pomaranski set a new standard in the women's open in 1:15.08 and Paul Aufdemberge in the men's masters in 1:09.11.

For winning their race, and setting a course record, Boitt, a Kenyan who resides in Minneapolis, and Pomaranski earned $2,000 and Aufdemberge $1,250.

Boitt edged countryman Richard Kandie by a razor thin margin. Kandie was clocked in 1:06:01.78. Boitt peeled more than three minutes off the previous course record.

"The course was very fantastic," he said. "It's one of the best courses I've run."

He had Kandie to thank for the record.

"We ran together all the way," Kandie said. "We pushed each other. We train together in Minneapolis. We did this together."

The two, members of the Duma Runners Club, were late additions to the field.

"I didn't realize you guys had a nice race here," their coach William Kosgei said. "I found out on the Internet. I asked, 'Would you like to try? They said, 'Let's try.'"

When airfare proved too expensive, Kosgei decided to drive — an 11-hour trip.

Neither Boitt nor Kandie seemed to mind.

Boitt won the Green Bay Marathon two weeks ago in 2:15:15. Kandie placed second last weekend in a half-marathon in Fargo in 1:06:46.

"Prior to that, he ran a 29:18 10K in Cleveland," Kosgei said.

Pomaranski was also coming off an impressive outing, finishing third in 1:14:26 in the Indy Mini-Marathon earlier this month.

"I was hoping to come out today and set a PR," Pomaranski said. "I was hoping to break that (1:14:26), but about halfway through I started feeling the heat a little. I got a little sick earlier in the week. I felt fine today, but I didn't have that little extra edge that I would have liked to have had.

The last couple miles were really hard for me. Given how I felt, I really fought hard today. I couldn't have done any better today."

It was Pomaranski's first Bayshore.

"About two years ago, I ran my first half," she said. "Ever since then I've wanted to do the Bayshore. It had never worked out before. It's such a beautiful course. I hope to come back again and maybe run the marathon some day."

Kosgei was equally impressed.

"This place is so nice. The people are so nice, so welcoming," he said. "I talked to the race director (Friday) and I told him we've been traveling around the United States for races, but I've never seen a city whereby the citizens are so athletically fit. Why didn't Traverse City become the healthiest city in the United States? I don't know what guys are doing, but I've got to find out."

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