Participants from across Texas compete in the second annual Mayo

Participants from across Texas compete in the second annual Mayor's Marathon

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

About 1,200  runners swarmed Loop 289 for the second annual Mayor's Marathon. This year's marathon was an official Boston Marathon qualifier, with a hand-cyclist qualifying.

When it come to getting across that finish line sometimes motivation, even from strangers, can become just what a runner needs. 

Aid stations lined the Loop at every mile giving runners a chance to hydrate and take a breathe. At mile marker 20, Aid Station Leaders Sarah Brown and Kaci Bartlett were seen encouraging athletes from the sidelines. 

"Lubbock is definitely not flat, with all the exit hills and so they need as much energy and as much motivation as they can get," Brown said. 

Brown has previously competed in a half marathon, but this year she wanted to give more. 

"Well, I mean in all the races I've run myself passing positive, awesome aid stations was one of the best parts of the races," she said. "So, the fact that I can come out here and help somebody, you know, take a couple faster steps or just have a better mindset, that means everything."

As for Bartlett, she said just participating is a big accomplishment.

"And especially right before being halfway for half marathoners, it's kind of like the hardest point in the race and it's right up a hill. It's right at the home stretch for the marathoners too. It's a really fun place to be, just that last boost," she said.

While a lot of training goes into getting ready for a marathon, preparing for a relay takes just as much dedication. Stephanie Rodriquez competed in the relay race with some of her co-workers. 

"I do juice plus, which is fruits and vegetables. It helps build up my immune system, it gives me what i need. I've been doing meal preps for lunch," she said. "And then working out. I started putting in about four days a week, two mornings of isolation workouts, and just running and getting prepared."

Rodriquez said the Mayor's Marathon promotes health and is a benefit to surrounding communities.

"First of all, I believe it's important to be healthy. Everybody needs to get out run, walk, whatever you need to do," she said. "I'm from Plainview, which isn't very far, but I think it's awesome that it brings the community together and it's for a great cause."

Jeff Chandeler finished first in the full marathon, Adrian Lock winning the half and David Mora taking first in the 5K.

This year a one mile Kids Fun Run was added, with a record time of five minutes. 

Check participants and get full list of the Mayor's Marathon results here
 

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