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Cincinnati, Ohio (April 30, 2005) A familiar face in Cincinnati running, T.J. Lentz, is the winner of the 2005 Papa John’s 10K that kicked off Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend on Saturday.

The 38-year old Lentz, of Clifton, won easily in a time of 32:43, nearly four minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.

“The Marathon, of course, is the premiere race,” said Lentz, “but this was fun. No pressure here.”

While Lentz will not be running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday to defend his title, he didn’t rule out a future return to the “Pig.” “With scheduling conflicts, I just didn’t have the chance to train this year,” he said. “I’m rededicating myself this summer to get back on track, with plans to return to the Marathon in 2006.”

Second in the men’s overall division was 30-year old Matthew Thomas of Middletown, Ohio, with a time of 36:17 and third was 25-year old Patrick Nemecek of Cincinnati, who finished at 36:31. Both were first time runners in the Papa John’s 10K.

Tops in the women’s division was 24-year old Lauren Rookledge, a native of Capetown, South Africa, now living in Cincinnati, with a time of 43:06.

“This was a great course,” she said, after running her first Papa John’s 10K. “I did a 15K earlier and there were many more hills on that course.”

Second in the women’s division was Michelle Didion of Laporte, Indiana, with a time of 44:30, and third was Debbie Biddle of Cynthiana, Ky, in 45:13. Didion also is scheduled to run the 5K and half marathon events this weekend.

Almost 3,000 participated in today’s Papa John’s 10K, the 5K Fun Run presented by girls!CAN, and the Kahn’s Piglet Family Festival presented by the Cincinnati Enquirer. A record field of more than 9,000 runners is expected Sunday morning for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and the Half Marathon presented by National City.