AUSTIN (KXAN)- Streets are back open after the Austin Marathon returned on Sunday shutting down streets from North Austin into the city as thousands of runners tackle 26.2 miles.
Estimates put the number of marathon runners at about 5,000 along with just over 11,000 half marathoners running for the finish line at 10th and Congress Avenue this year.
Joseph Mutinda finished first in the marathon with a time of 2:14:16.
Kimutai Cheruiyot was the winning male for the half marathon with a time of 1:04:59. The first place female in the half was Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz with a time of 1:15:02.
Marathon spectators might be happy to know the elite running category returned this year with thousands of dollars in prize money. The first place runner received $4,000 dollars this year, second received $3,000, third place got $2,000, and fourth won $1,000.
The conditions were not ideal for a run. The race started with humidity of about 90% and a temperature around 60 degrees.
“Interestingly, we did not see as many runners as we expected with a high body temperature,” said Pierre Filardi, M.D. and Medical Director of the Austin Marathon.
Still, the medical tent staff treated runners, including a man who had heat stroke.
“We sent a young man to the hospital whose temperature was 108,” said Filardi. “He required submersion in ice water to bring his temperature down.”
Because Freescale is the marathon’s major sponsor, the company brought in runners from 16 different countries where they have operations. Two of those runners are from Japan. Both hope to finish the race in 2-hours and 15-minutes, but are a little worried because they have heard the Austin course is tough.
“We usually have a flat course so this is very special for us,” said Masaki Hori, Japanese Runner.
They competed against many other elite runners from around the world.
“In our elite field we have our usual compliment of Kenyan runners who make things exciting, we have an athlete from Mexico, and we have a very strong presence with an elite athlete from America if they can get here from places that are frozen right now,” said John Conley, Austin Marathon Race Director.
The elite field included some Austin runners. Eric Stanley, a former University of Texas All American in Track and Field, ran his second marathon.