TRILISKI, BERLING FIRST FLYING PIG WEEKEND WINNERS
Toyota 10K Kicks off Flying Pig Weekend,
Fleet Feet Sports 5K Champs Crowned
CINCINNATI (May 2, 2009)—A field of 1,572 participants opened the 11th annual Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G with the Toyota 10K, won by 23-year-old Nazar Trilisky of Cincinnati in a time of 33:30. Second was 18-year-old Donnie Warner of Cincinnati, and third was 24-year-old Matthieu Gancedo, also of Cincinnati.
The women’s winner of the Toyota 10K was 25-year-old Karen Berling of Cincinnati in a time of 39:11. Second for the women was 22-year-old Amy Schoenfeld of Cincinnati and third was 30-year-old Chrissy Costa, also of Cincinnati.
Under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s, the record crowd of runners and walkers stepped off at 8 a.m. Trilisky had a wide lead on the field for most of the second half of the 6.2 mile course.
“It was a fairly easy run,” said Trilisky, who originally is from the Ukraine. “After training there (in the Ukraine) this was a nice run.”
For Berling, the Toyota 10K was her first event since suffering a heel injury five weeks ago. “The course was a perfect blend of flat and hills,” said Berling, who last ran the Toyota 10K two years ago.
Again this year, the field in Cincinnati came in second to a runner in Iraq. Mary Drilling, originally from Milford, Ohio, ran the Toyota 10K while serving in Baghdad Saturday morning, and turned in her time of 51:58 at 4 a.m., Cincinnati time.
In the Fleet Feet Sports 5K, 35-year old Jeff Hojnack of Chicago, in his first visit to Flying Pig weekend, won the men’s division in 16:22 while 26-year-old Kerry Bogner of Cincinnati won the women’s division in 18:58. The field for the Fleet Feet Sports 5K was an event record 1,926 participants.
On Sunday, the Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G, PNC Half Marathon and the City Dash 4-Person Relay start at 6:30 a.m. at Paul Brown Stadium. The P&G Health & Fitness Expo at the Duke Energy Center remains open today through 7 p.m. where runners can register for the Sunday events.
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