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Runners make their marks

Michigan man and woman from Ventura win event in their first efforts

Posted: November 2, 2008 7:07 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Shane Logan of Pontiac, Michigan crosses the finish line to win the men's version of the City of Santa Clarita Marathon on Sunday morning.

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After all of the hyperbole over the past few weeks, the conclusion of the 13th annual City of Santa Clarita Marathon was rather subdued, some may even say anti-climatic.

The men's winner, Shane Logan of Pontiac, Michigan, led wire-to-wire, crossing the finish line at 2:37. while on the distaff side, Ventura's Mary Jones took the lead at Mile 8 and never looked back, breaking the tape at 3:08.

Neither runner has ever attempted this course before. In fact, this is Logan's first trip ever to the Golden State.

And while Logan and Jones' times were world shattering records (on the same morning, the New York City Marathon victor, Marilson Gomes de Santos of Brazil, won in 2:08.48 and England's Paula Radcliffe claimed the women's race in 2:23.56), the wins were satisfying, nonetheless.

"I felt pretty good out there," said Logan, an electrician for Motor City Electrical in Detroit and a veteran of 16 marathon races, including Boston and Chicago, the latter just three weeks hence.

"I couldn't keep even splits, but I got off to a good start and was able to hold a decent pace."

The cool weather also helped the runners, according to Logan.

"When the sun first came out this morning, I thought, ‘uh oh, it's going to be hot,' but it stayed nice and cool."

For her part, Jones - who at 38 participated in her third marathon and picked up her first victory - concurred, saying the weather was perfect and the course "very, very nice."

She last participated in such a race when she ran the 2006 San Diego Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, shortly after the birth of her second child.

Logan, 30, was considered one the favorites after competing in such events as Boston, Chicago, New York City and Memphis, among others.

He also recently recorded a 4:45 at the Firecracker mile in Clawson, Michigan.

"I really like this course," he said. "The walking trails here are very good."

Despite the triumphs, however, neither of the Boston Marathon qualifiers plan to begin packing for Beantown any time soon.

"I don't know what's next for me," Logan added. "I think I'll just take some time off. But I won't do the Boston Marathon this year, it's just too much training involved."

"I really think I'm going to just relax right now and spend some time with my children," Jones said. "These events are fun, but they require a lot of time."

A local man made good in this affair, as well. Chuck Teixeira of Canyon Country crossed the line in fourth place. Teixeira won in the Master's Men's category in 2006 and claimed the overall title 10 years ago.

It was not all hard work, though, as hundreds of participants took part in various other running endeavors, including a 5k, a half-marathon and a special kid's race.

There were even whole families racing, while he winners were given a trophy and a gift basket for their efforts.

In the 5k, Valencia head cross country coach Pat Connelly finished first in his age group with a time of 28:49, and ex-Viking runner Ana DiGiallonardo finished first on the women's side with a 19:03.


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