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Palma sets PR in winning the Mote In Motion Half Marathon;
women's winner competed in her first half

victor palma
Victor Palma
katie kelley
Katie Kelley

Victor Palma began shedding his competitors after about two miles and finally dropped his last challenger after five miles as he cruised to victory at the Fort Worth Runners Club's Mote In Motion Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay on a cool, overcast Sunday (Nov. 22) morning.

Palma crossed the finish line in a personal-best of under 1:23 to beat his old PR by about five minutes. Meanwhile, women's winner Katie Kelley of Gatesville, who will try qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 2012 in the 1,500 meters, tested herself in her first 13.1-mile distance and won in 1:31. Katie said she was OK until about mile 10, and then almost hit the "wall." But she didn't slow much as she zipped to the finish.

Blade Norman and Elizabeth Rudy
Blade Norman and Elizabeth Rudy
''I don't know if I'll do another one of these or not,'' she said. In fact, she said it was her husband's idea that she test herself at the distance in the first place.

She and her husband had driven an hour and a half that morning to arrive at the race.

In the relay, the first team across was in the mixed couple division -- husband-wife Mike (Blade) Norman and Elizabeth Rudy in 1:29.

The event set a record with 140 registered for the half and 17 two-person teams for 174 in all.

 

See Gallery 2 (More photos available at Movin' Pictures.)

Mote In Motion, Nov. 22, 2009, Gallery 1



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