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we want to take you down there where tony is standing by. you've got quite the traffic jam of bodies building around you because the first of five waves getting under way shortly. >> absolutely. about 45 minutes we're going to start the half marathon here. and we're across the street from the pavilion. and i really think the weather is going to hold up. i'll talk about that in a second. there could be a brief shower. this is patty. hi. >> hi. >> and what's your last name? >> rooney. >> you're going to run the half marathon. with what is this half maretsen stuff? >> i'm not in good training and i'm going to run a half marathon. >> you look in great shape. i'm sure you'll do wonderful. is this your first time? >> no. this will be my tenth half marathon. >> how did you do the last time? you felt good? >> of course. >> good luck to you.
>> thank you. >> a lot of people lined up getting ready to go. and we've got music in the background, all kinds of stuff happening. there's a band starting, danger bar by. i don't know what that's going to be like but that should be interesting. let's do some weather here. there's a couple scattereds around and there's a chance one could pass through the downtown area. there's a few sprinkles but nothing of any consequence so it's not going to be a washout or a steady rain. we'll switch over to look at the seven-day forecast. the ravens are home tomorrow. mostly sunny with a high near 67. and then next week it gets chilly with high temperatures upper 50s to around 60. i think we're going to get our first frost of the season sometime next week, maybe tuesday night or wednesday morning. good chance of that with temperatures dropping into the 30s. so that's it from the start of the half marathon. we're waiting about 45 minutes
from now. we're going to see all the runners lining up. but always quiet so far. and that was a joke because obviously it's not quiet. back over to you guys. >> it will be a crush of bodies, because the half marathon is the st contingent of runners. >> and they're starting in five waves this year. it's like a wind tunnel there made of screens. it's amazing the energy and the excitement that comes from the half marathon start. and interesting point in the race is where the half maretsdzors and marathonners converge and we have rob out there. >> good morning. how are you? i'll tell you what, it is nice so far. and as you can see behind me, the fans are starting to show up, starting to line the street here. we're here on south lynnwood avenue on baltimore street and
the fans are starting to show up. and we've got some neat stuff. what have you got here? >> pompoms. and frizz bes and toasters. and mag nets. >> get these together. >> cheering on the race. >> where is your pompom? >> right there. go, guys. ok. have fun. thank you very, very much. appreciate it. enjoy. and we just saw one of the wheel chair competitors come by. and baltimore city police officers on the motor cycles. they were moving. this guy was going as he just came by here. and jerry and kate, a little bit earlier i could see some of the coverage of some of the lead runners up there. and it is unbelievable, but the beauty of this race is seing the neighborhood and when they come through patterson park you can see, it will be a while but all the runners will be here, people are starting to gather
to cheer on the runners. all of them. all 20,000. and we will be here. back to you guys. >> thank you very much. you can see the leaders right there. they're on mile 12. four miles away from rob, to give you an idea how quickly they will get there, in about 18 minutes. a year ago julia ketter, won here in baltimore. took the win back home to kenya where the average income is less than $1,000 a year. he bought a house for his famtly and he is back to try to repeat that performance. and win again. he will have to hold off yadech, a fellow clenion. >> and they are. all right. >> one hour done as far as the running is concerned about an
hour and ten minutes left. a year ago the winning time was just a shade under two hours 11 minutes. ketter and yadech try to best each other and the record time. we'll continue to follow the leaders as well as the dreamers in a field of 20,000 testing themselves on the streets of baltimore today as we continue our coverage of the ninetteds annual baltimore running festival.
personal best time. but this is not a day you just show up and run. this is a day you had better prepare for. we is joined by canned diswho is a fitness expert. >> thanks. good to see you. >> it's such a joy to watch people who run. you see the smiles. but if you had to put the right nutrition and the right training in, >> as a coach for years i've always told people they've got to respect this distance. you can come in and throw yourself into a 5-k, maybe a 10-k, half marathon starts to get tricky. but this will test you. and you've got to have nutrition all set and ready to go and the training has to be put into place. >> as a professional marathon runner and coach, i want you to answer this question for me. >> i've run a few of these and it wasn't fun. not one step. it was really hard. and when you see someone like
julius keter who makes it look so easy, you have to ask, what makes an elite runner elite? >> what in their body is different than in mine? >> i can't answer all that. but really, there's a lot of things involved here. and some of it we don't know. what is it that makes a basketball player better than another? why is there a particular genetic makeup? and there is. we'll see people from different areas of the world that tend to come in more often. what is the deal? we don't really understand completely. but you and i talked earlier that there is in a person's body a makeup of fast and slow switch muscle fiber. and some of these folks will have a little more of the endurance type slow twitch muscle fiber. that may be helping them. a lot has to do with training effect and genetic gifting. and then the mind of it. if you've got an athlete with
the mind and body, then you've got a beautiful picture to watch. >> i like that phrase. >> i'm all about slow twitch. that's why i sit in the chair. we just saw the leaders, julius keter and alphonso yadech and we saw a little whange where yadech shadowed keter for most, now is running side by side. is there any psychological advantage? are you telling him just come up on his side every so often? >> it's kind of a nice mind game. actually for one of my races i had a guy that was shadowing me for about ten miles and he was freaking me out. >> every time a guy follows you for ten miles in a city you should be freaking out. >> literally having conversations and what can happen truly in this event it's not illegal. and in some biking events it
is. if there's a little wind in the air, you actually get a bit of a tunnel underneath that runner. so you're not going to take the brunt of the wind. it may not seem a whole lot but that's a sweet place to be. so the person in front may be a little aggravated but do you want to drop behind and get behind him? it's a mind game. so some of it is mind and some is helping you. >> and an example of some of the strategy that elite runners use. to most of us, we just want to put one foot in front of the other. but you said each runner goes out with a definite plan. >> absolutely. most of the elites will do what's called a negative splilt and they're talented enough to do that. that means they're going to run the first half of the race slower and then they are gifted and trained enough to be able to, when we would be hitting the wall, decide to kick into second gear and go faster. >> even on this course where mile 16 through 23 you're going uphill?
>> they may wait a little later. but if you look at the to talt of their times, their minute miles over the whole race, you'll find in most cases they'll have a slower first half and a faster second half. and that's really an as maying thing. you have to be able to do that. i used to run even splits every second mile or even a reverse negative. so these guys are amazing. but that's what they'll shoot for. >> we've seen those from up above from captain roy has been tracking them. let's go to the street level. keith has been the only person on the course now with the two leaders. >> heading in down here, the wind is kicking up probably for the first time since earlier in the race. and you're right, keter and yadech are just flying. they are leading. there's probably a 150 yard gap between the second pack of
runners. yeder looks like he's trying to make a move right here but yadech is hanging tough. you mentioned that blistering pace from the siven-mile mark down through st. paul. they were just flying going down the hills to separate probably another 50 yards from that second pack. but now it's a two-man race and julius keter is running free and easy. alphonso yadech struggling just a bit but is hanging tough and we get ready to hit federal hill. it's a very interesting mile or two going through the federal hill area. the crowd was fired up. the fans were lined along the streets. and you could tell it really motivated these two guys as they went through the loop down at federal hill. so right now it's julius keter and alphonso yadech. it's a two-man race. the second group of runners probably now closesing the gap a little more. probably 75 to 100 yards back.
so, boy, heading into the peterson park area we've got us a race. >> all right. thank you very much. and now as the leaders work their way toward bells point at mile 14, we're starting to see the first sign of separation with keter astrayed in front of yadech. and as you watch this, are you seeing any body language that says the leader is going to take over? >> we were discussing that watching this. you're starting to see a rentsdznd stride length and yadech is dropping his shoulders and head now and then. usually that's a sign of fatigue. i saw that and saw him come back to drafting like i was discussing earlier. so he may be doing that intentionally because he knows that he is needing a little extra help. so this is what it appears to be but in these races that's the exciting thing. you never know. all of a sudden somebody like
that pops into gear and shoots around. >> a year ago, julius keter set the course record running in under two hours, 12 minutes. how important as a coach is it to counsel a runner to run this year's race, not last year's race? >> that's a good question. and every race is its own race. and you talk about living in the moment. people are trying to do this. it's the same thing when it comes to the race. you have to erase all of your past memories and thoughts. it's like a horse with blinders. you want to be focused at the moment and at the time. so you will coach somebody to put their mind on what's going on at the present. that's why you see these guys wearing head sets because they're trying to keep their minds freed up to be present to what they're feeling in the bodies, what their plan is for the day and let it go. >> i know there's a moment in any elite sport, but i have
heard elites watch them say it's a lot like golf. you can sike yourself out or have a great day. >> it's a lot more strenuous than golf. >> no doubt. but i ran into two girls and i said what are you doing today? and they sounded like eyor. we're going to try to run the half. >> i said you said the word try. let's try it again. and really, it's about the mind. and they went, we're going to run the half. as you think it will be. so you have to have your mind wrapped around this. >> this is such a demanding event physically. give us an idea of how much your body burns as you go through 26 miles, 385 yards. >> as you get prepared to do these races and when you're going to push these elites, when you're trying to shoot for placing or winning you know you're going to run head into pain. it can come anywhere mile 18 to 22, somewhere in that range, that's about how much the body can store in its muscles and
then we bonching. >> you might want to explain what that means. this is morning television viewing. >> it's where the body runs out of fuel. and the fuel that it wants will for this high intensity activity. so then you run off your experience is to know that you can do this and just putting your mind in the game. but that pain is burning, it is a searing kind of fire, and sometimes you feel like you're running on tree trunks. cardiovascular you have it but the muscles are telling you they don't. and that's when the mind says you will. >> they're getting in the direction of that territory and so far they have very little company. they of course being julius keter and alphonso yadech, a pair of kenions who have set the pace from early on and they have gone one hour and change into the ninth. baltimore marathon. thanks so much for the insight and the visit.
>> you're welcome. my pleasure. >> our marathon expert and the two experts on the course. they have owned baltimore so far. we're going to find out in the next hour whether or not julius keter can become the first repeat champion since eric did it in 2002 and 2003. we continue with our live coverage of the baltimore marathon this morning on wbal tv 11.
this this is not just a an event for competitors. it's also a big day for the families. as i said at the beginning, this is grown to such a point now in baltimore where if you live in this area, you probably know somebody who is running today. >> we're there at the starting line, and debbie walkeds by. two of her daughters are running. you see a guy you work with. you see a guy you used to work with. it's grown to be that ube quit tuss. >> and for those who have run this race in the past, it's a race they take with them around the world. >> that's right. the baltimore marathon is being staged in two places today, here and also in iraq. >> amazing. >> it's being called the shadow race staged in a remote and dangerous area in iraq. and the whole idea was inspired and organized by a 17-year army vet.
>> 28-year-old rebecca is training for baltimore. the army veteran logging miles on the quiet streets of ear city neighborhood. on race day, her 36-year-old husband tim will run with her even though he's an army captain in iraq. on saturday, when the starting gun fires, captain tim kir by will run baltimore's shadow half marathon. >> originally he was the only one that was going to run these maretsance and these races but his team members actually decided that they were going to do it with him. so it was something that they could bond over and come together and help each other and stay motivated through it as a team. >> curby and his 12 fellow runners make up a trancition team working and liing with their iraqi counter parts stationed in iraq until may 2010. >> i miss him all the time. >> in e-mails and phone calls
home, they talk about training. captain curby says running is an outlet for his men, helps them break the tension and pass it is time. >> they've got through something tough that day, it's a way to release it. and it breaks up the monotni. >> but it is dangerous. run ong a patrol base means lap after lap in a small, semi-protected area. it also means packs of wild dogs, goats, and sheep crossing your path, a road that is riddle with pot holes, and armed enemy fighters. becky says the training on her end helps her stop worrying. >> 12 months is a long time to have to trudge through without something, bench marks in the middle. i can run at least and get through that time. >> a remarkable sense of shared soltue literally on the other
side of the world as the baltimore marathon grows not only in its impact locally but literally globally. >> and every member of his team will be getting the same race shirt and medal that all the finishers here in baltimore here get. and this is an example. this is a coveted shirt. this is famous worldwide. people enter this marathon to get this shirt. >> and this is part of the green movement of the baltimore marathon. the shirts are made from recycled water bottles. >> so it is global, it is green. it is a race unlike any other and it's starting to get a little windy down here by the finish line where we've seen our first finishers in the day. a light rain, a little wind. maybe not ideal for live television but just about perfect for the runners. we will continue our coverage of the ninth annual baltimore marathon.
>> welcome back. jery and kate with you. the event is special, but it spans all age groups from six to 84. >> we start them young here. we have some video to show you of the kids fun run which just happened. wait. ok. this is happening. >> these are the older kids. the kids names julius keter and alphonso yadech. but on a much tamer, you were talking about the younger ones. >> if you want to see sheer joy, you just have to take a look at the kids as they come
across the finish line. there really is a race for everybody here. >> from the kids fun run, 5-k, relay, half marathon and then the full marathon. and you can walk if you'd like. no matter what age it's something for everybody down here at the baltimore marathon. at the biggest and fasters growing portion is the half marathon. as we heard, it's a little more sane event. it doesn't demand quite as much of your body but a little more of your patience. we're going to the inner harbor. there are now so many runners in the half marathon you have start different start times. >> they're all lining up. take a shot down the street there. look at all those people running up. the half marathon is going to start in about 15 minutes. and they're all lining up. i've grabbed a couple here.
this is liian. . is this the first time? >> this is my first time running the half. identify run the relay the last six years. >> are these going to run with you? >> this is benjamin, this is alison. my beautiful children. future runners. >> and that's crucial. >> you're going to be dipping into that. >> afterwards you need the nutrition. >> thanks. and as we've said this is truly an international festival here. we've grabbed a couple young ladies from argentinea. >> my name is gab rella. >> we're sisters. >> this is the first time running? >> no. this is our third. >> excellent. i want to wish you the best of luck. the weather should be just fine for you and i'm sure you're going to come in first and second. >> yeah. >> if you come to the finish line and one is right next to each other, who wins? >> we hold hands. >> all right. you're going to go together.
>> thanks, guys. good luck. let's do a little bit of weather. let's take a look. starting to feel a couple sprinkles here. and the confeti guy came over to me and ken and said don't let it rain at the start because the confeti is all going to stick together. so i hope it doesn't get too bad. the seven-day forecast, tomorrow will be a nice day for the ravens gay at home. so day at home. so everybody is gting lined up about 15 minutes away. looks good. >> thank you very much. talking about the arge tinion pair running in the half marathon. this is such an international event. on the women's side is a pack of about four runners in front of the women and that includes the defending champion from peru and russia. on the men's side it's a pair of kenions who continue to set
the pace. as we continue, coming up we'll give you an update on the leaders who have now started the uphill climb. they are working up the east side of patterson park. and this is usually where the leader starts to pull away. we'll find out whether the defending champion can leave his one-man competition behind. the baltimore marathon on channel 11.
>> more of the fun run. and you can see it from the smiles of the kids, the moms and dads why they call it the fun run. this is the one part of the running festival that's not about the time, it's not about where you finish. everybody takes home a medal and everybody takes home a memory. >> if you've been watching for a while, you may notice my hairness a pony tail, it's blowing all around, the wind is kicking up here and we're hearing that the wind and the cross wind are having an effect on some of the elite runners in the front. >> and it will have an effect on the times. the last mile was about 5 minutes, 30 seconds. that's a full minute behind the type of mile he was running about fife or six miles ago. now, the leaders are at mile 18. they have passed rob at patterson park. i want to check in with rob. i've got to believe they went
by you in a blink. >> they did. it's unbelieveable how fast they're running. but you can see here some of the other runners are coming by. you've got runners coming all along. of course it will be packed here in 30 minutes or so when everybody converges. this is where the half marathon and marathon converge. and you've got a runner here now. the fans are starting to show up. you can see, they are vocal and every one of these runners, they are greeted and cheered for, especially for my girls here. how you doing? so you've a special. >> we have two groups. one is the university of maryland and one is their school which is right up the street. >> and you guys are yelling for every runner. right? >> yes. >> have you seen anybody run
that fast before? >> yes. >> you can run that fast? >> yes. >> i can run faster. >> have fun. baltimore ravens. >> this is wonderful. i've got a coworker so i'm going to say go brian. >> thank you very very much. enjoy it. how you doing? come on in. we've got to get everybody in. tell them about your school. >> howard county 15. >> 215. >> are you ready? >> yeah. >> let's give a big cheer. show them how we can cheer. we're having fun here. back to you jerry, kate. >> all right. rob is the uncle that you really hope is not going to wind the kids up at the birthday party. they stay wound up in the front of this race.
now, on mile 18 and it is julius keter who had slipped to second place. alphonso yadech is now a strayed in front of the defending champion. i want to give you an update on the women's race. the russian has pulled in front of the defending champion. so for the moment the defending champions are running in second in this year's marathon. we want to head out to mile 23 where sarah is waiting for the leaders to get to her. >> hi there. and how great is rob? he's such a cheer leader. we have been cheering not only for the leaders and the rest of the gang but for pete gill bert who has just finished -- not just. you finished mile marker 23. how did you get so fast? >> we went to -- >> all right so we're having so
technical difficulty caused by pete breathing so hard in his leg of the relay. but that's going to happen when you're running in the baltimore marathon. i want to turn your attention back to the leaders who i don't believe pete got a chance to get near. keith mills is standing by. we talked about the wheel chair, the run fun, the 5-k. but there's the focal point at the moment. keets mills is out in front with keter and yadech. the defending champ is slipping behind. >> they're going up a wicked hill it's about a three-quarter of a mile hill. we're passing the high school in northeast baltimore and it is now a four-man race because 20 seconds behind number 11 and number 15 both of kenya. so four kenions right now.
the second group has run a real good last three or four miles to get in this race. and you mentioned at the seven-mile mark, seven through ten. the blistering pace that the leaders are running, i wonder if we caught up with them and through federal hill and patterson park. it is not inconceiveable to think that those two will run these guys down in the next couple of miles. they are running well. this is a very difficult part of this race, uphill. very tough. you can see keter now kind of inching his way back in front. at the last water stop we saw keter about 10 yards in front of yadech. and he kind of waited for him to come back up to him so they could run together. ironic that he would take a slight lead a few minutes ago.
but we had a horse race out here and not far behind two other kenions who are stalking the leaders. back to you. >> thank you very much. so a competition not only dueling on the streets but also with the wind as well as with the elevation as they now make it through the uphill climb, the most challenging part of this course. so the four in front again, yad etch, keter, and -- sounds like an international litigation firm. they will have to litigate who comes in first as keter tries to repeat as the champion for the second time in a row. coming up, the inner harbor and the start of the half marathon. the most populated segment of this run as we continue our coverage.
>> and now the leader, the defending champion is the trailer. the leader is alphonso yadech, a fellow kenyan of julius keter and for the first time yadech has put some distance between himself and the defending champion as they make their way through mile number 20 in the ninth annual running of the baltimore marathon. six miles to for the eelite runners. tony. >> hi, jerry thanks everyone. right behind us there, miss maryland is just walking down the steps. she was singing the national anthem here as we get started with the half marathon. and there is steve davis. you recognize steve. and they're getting ready to make the announcement. everybody is lined up and ready to go. and there they are. we've got the first wave ready.
i think it's like 5,000 people. and hopefully the rain is going to hold off. they were worried about the confeti shooting because when the confeti shoots, steve just said two minutes. when it goes off, the guy said if it rains it's going to come out in big clumps. so that's the pressure i'm feeling right now. but i think it's going to be fine. i think tom is getting ready to run the half marathon. i'm not sure if he's run the full or the half. i know that he has done it before but i've been looking for tom and he's been dodging me. i thought that was tom coming around the corner. over on the left, kenny is here. we've got the people running the full marathon coming up. they've got one lane divided and those runners are running the full marathon. and then jurtsdzneetsdz the
bridge here and the rest of the way back, all the way towards, how far around the corner, there's 5,000 people so i don't know how far around the corner but those are the people getting ready to run the half marathon. and we've had people from all over the worldcom up and talk to us. it truly is an international festival. we've had people from argentinea, the united kingdom, a couple from switzerland who came just for this. this is a getting to be a pretty big event. the boston is most famous but baltimore is getting up there now. we're drawing people from not just the united states but the world. we're about 30 seconds away from the start here and i'll stop talking and you can watch the start of the half marathon. go ahead. here we go. >> count down. nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.
>> and there they go. all right. you're good. we're guiding kenny out of the way, our photograph. swarms of runners going by. the confeti went off without a hitch. the band is starting up. and it's looking good. look at all these runners. all right, guys. we are under way. the half mashttedsen is going. it's running smooth and we're going to come around and see you in a few minutes. jerry and the rest of the gang in your nabehrd. but for now it went off without a hitch. >> the first of five waves. and the good news is we can see the confeti was flying free of paper matche clumping. so the big concern for tony comes to path and everything works out well down at the inner harbor. and you can see the start now
of that first wave of the half marathon. here is you're leader. alphonso yadech, a native of kenya, has pulled about 15 seconds in front of the defending champion. i say it's a surprise because a year ago keter came to baltimore and shattered the course record, beating it by almost 5 minutes. yed etch making his way around the lake. he will go along 33 street, past the ghost of memories from memorial stadium. from there it's downhill toward camden yards and the finish. if this holds, we have a stunning upset because julius keter came in as the favored today. >> what's interesting is canned yiss said yadyitch looks like he's tiring but maybe it's part of his strategy. maybe he'll pull ahead and
that's what's happened. >> he trains in georgia as well as in the hills of north carolina. and it was in the hilly portion of this race that he grabbed a little distance between hisms and julius keter. so that training in the mountains of western north carolina seals to have paid off so far for him. keep in mind, we have seen leaders lose the race at this point where they have perhaps given too much. the question now for yadech is whether or not he will have enough left in the tank to hold off what i would have to believe would be one last push from julius keter who won this race so easily a year ago. so some drama awaiting in the finish as the leader finds himself about five miles from our point at the finish line as we continue our live coverage on what has shaped up as a pretty perfect afternoon for a marathon in baltimore.
>> alphonso yadech, a 25-year-old native of kenya, continues to hold the lead as he makes his way toward mile 22 in this ninth annual baltimore marathon. want to head down to the leader cam where keith mills is keeping track out front. keith, you're running out of company down there. >> it is a one-man race. alphonso from kenya has just opened up i would say now probably a one minute plus gap on julius keter. he is not even in the picture. we can't even see him as yed etch just cruises down northeast baltimore. we just passed the high school. and this is the tough part of the race. this is the proverbal wall we hear talk about. we are not seeing any of that in the body language of
alphonso yadech. it's relatively hillly, peaks and valleys. he's hitting a hilly stretch right now. he is dominating this race. it was explosive. it was a stretch, a two-mile stretch from the 18 mile mark to the 20 mile mark where he just took over this race. he spritted up a hill, spritted down a hill. and julius keter just could not keep up. so a one-man race as we reach the 22 mile mark of the 2009 baltimore marathon. >> all right. thank you very much. yadech married with three kids. and if they are watching, the family chant right now, go, dad, go. as yadech tries to make his way. and of course go, mom, god. those not elite runners have plenty of fans. we saw the first wave start in the half marathon.
the second wave now comes to the second line. the second of five waves. and this is tricky because you can see event organizer, has had to carefully map this race out so that when the half marathon joins the regular marathon it doesn't create too much of a traffic jam. so there are some logistic concerns because only alfonsi yadech is running by himself. everybody else runs with plenty of company. and those who run the marathon. that additional length, 385 yards somewhat of a fluke. we told you where the 26 miles came from. the 385 yards additional tacked on happened in 1908 at the london olympics when they extended it so it could finish in front of the royal box. the next summer games take place in 2012 in london.
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>> welcome back to our coverage of the 2009 baltimore running festival. the most popular event in the five races on this day is the half marathon. so popular they started in five waves. this is the second wave of runners that has taken off to run the 13.1 miles of the half. every wave gets it own starting
gun, countdown, and own confeti gun. some interesting facts for you today. this year's baltimore running vest fam is expected to generate more than $15 million in economic impact. some have placed the impact at $23 to 25 million. up nearly $1.3 million from two years ago. in the history of this race it's generated $95 million for baltimore city and the surrounding areas. it's just one more reason that people should get up and cheer for the runners as they make their way through. even if you don't know one person who is running today. we want to give you an update on the lead runners in the men's race. they are at mile 22 and a kenyan, 25-year-old alphonso yadech, is a minute ahead of julius keter. keter was last year's marathon
winner. he broke the record here, 2-11-5, i believe it was. alfonsi has three kids. and before he started to run about six years ago, he was a cow herdsman and he baked bread. he is also a bike delivery man. today, he is on track to be the 2009 winner of the baltimore marathon. they're coming toward the end here. as we said they're at mile 22. and the women, three russian women. we'll have more on them in a bit. we're going to take a break and come back with more coverage, the 2009 baltimore marathon.
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here at the finish line awaiting yadech, it is starting to get a little bit uncomfortable as the rain spritzing through baltimore. the good news is it is just spritzing and blowing. it's not a driving rain storm. so it's still ideal conditions for the runners. although down for the observers. >> if you've been running for a couple hours now, you're already soaking with sweat anyway. a little extra rain doesn't do much. your socks are wet, your shirt is wet. there you go. you're just trying to trudge through. maybe a change in the wngs will help you. >> for the vast majority of the runners, they are not running at record pace. they are running in great numbers in the direction of our own rob rob lynne who is standing by at number 16 in patterson park. >> you see a live picture here. that's what you're looking at now. you mentioned earlier, you look
at the elite runners. but to say that you have run 26.2 miles, a marathon, that is quite an accomplishment. here at the park a few rain drops here and there, but what's really neat here all the fans lining the street. and you'll see, especially the kids, people going out, every runner gets cheered and everybody gives a little high five. you can see up here, my girl's up here. love to give hi fives to the runners. cheering for the fans. this is neat. you enjoying this? >> it's a great time. >> they are amazing athletes. >> yes, they are. we're here to cheer on some friends. >> have you heard how they're doing? >> not yet. this is around the one mile mark for the half and then for the full it's like 16th or so. >> they'll make it and you'll
be here cheering. >> it's a lot of fun. and the fans are doing a great job cheering all the runners. they are all winners. and the rain is picking up a little bit but still not all that bad as the runners keep rolling on by. a beautiful scene here. every runner is cheered. thand at encouraging because it is quite an accomplishment to say that you have run a marathon. not a lot of folks who can say that. i know i can't. but the interesting thing about that, you were talking about how many older people running. you've got 21 people 71 to 79 running the marathon. and they just keep on coming. back to you guys. >> all right. >> i wanted to tell you this. we've talked to a lot of people about when is a tough point in the race for you, what keeps you going. a lot of people talk about the gummy bear guy at mile 23.
but a lot talk about when they see rob on the side of the road, they say he gives them a big energy boost. so ron if you're still listening, i just want you to know that. >> so these runners who are starting the third wave, they've got about three miles to go before they run into rob. and he is a very welcomed site. a little farther along the course, mile 23 sarah joins us live. >> he is here. already set up and giving away gummy bears. we already saw six or seven runners go by. and pete beat them all here. he walked from mile marker 6 to 23. this is your first time running. >> yeah. i ran the first leg of the relay as part of the team cool kids campaign helping to raise money for that. and someone had told me when you start off, i was nervous about going uphill for the first 2.4 miles, the sea of
humanity carries you up the hill and absolutely did. and it was invigorating. you get to mile marker five, i was just lets just get to the finish. i did the time i wanted. and we helped raise about $400. now, the plug. if you'd like to help done yate, click on the marathon. there's a link to help donate for the cool kids campaign. do it under my name. i'll take the credit. go ahead and do that and it's very proud to help raise money for kids with cancer. >> and i'll bet you are glad it's over. >> everything feels tight and i'm cold. but it's great. >> so you're ready for the full marathon next year. >> not a chance. >> thank you. we appreciate what you did today and we're having a blast here. we'll be bringing you more. right now we want to go back to kate and jerry.
>> thank you very much. it's good to know pete knows his limitations. right now, the outer edge of excellence is alphonso yadech, the 25-year-old kenyan who continues to set the pace. the record is two hours, 11 minutes, 56 seconds. he's got himself about eight minutes to go if he is going to break the record set just last year by julius who has slipped to second. >> if you're sitting on the couch thinking i could never do that, you'll probably never run a marathon in that time. but if you're thinking i'm too old, i'm sick, there are no excuses. especially age. you are never too old to compete in an event like this. we learned first-hand from a guy named fred. fred is 84 years old, a retired businessman. can i say again, he is 84 years ofplttede he is the oldest
registered runner today and he plans to start and to finish the half maretteds. -- marathon. >> it's something i tried to do in the 60s. >> 84-year-old fred sacks is training for the 2009 baltimore half marathon despite kidney problems, high blood pressure, the return of his prostate cancer, and the death of his wife jean on july 1. they had been married for 62-year-old. >> after losing my wife, my doctor offered to put me on medication because he knew how upset i was. i said, no, i'm going to continue jogging. i'm sure, because i did that year ago and it knows how to help your body. >> running is a part of their love story. they met when he was just 15. after the war, he proposed in the park. she said yes.
and their family grew over the next seven decades. >> she was pretty. and she -- i had my first kiss with her. >> five years ago, gene was -- jean was diagnosed with a neurological disorder with symptoms similar to always himer. fred was the primary care giver and he says running helped him do it. >> now, i'm going to start trying. and if nothing else, mainly to keep strong for jean because it's the ladies who do the lifting. >> when jean died this summer, fred kept training. >> because i made a commitment to her and it's the dedication to her. and then when i'm calling the kids and telling them this, i didn't ask them to do this with me. one by one, those who could do it. >> three of his five grand children will hit the starting
line with fred on saturday. because they know, like he does, that running can be an act of love and a way to honor the life you shared. >> i think about her all the time. when the race is over, you'd better get out of my way. >> fred is such an inspiration. you can't not hear his story and want to get up and lace up your own shoes and go for a run. and it's proof again how you said the marathon is the one sporting event where you compete on the exact same course as the best athletes in that sport. >> when you meet a man like fred, it makes you wonder how do you really define the best
another leet? somebody that can transcend life and love and find a way to connect with a lost loved one? only one of the many stories unfolding today in the baltimore marathon. the story of the leader today is the story of an upset. alfonsi yadech has a commanding lead now towards the conclusion of this race, a race which he took control of shortly after passing rob at patterson park. i think we have to credit rob. as he passes the defending champion julius keter. and yadech has been alone for the last four or five miles. he is in the home stretch. now, as for the women, we have an upset there as well. julia has the lead. a 25-year-old. she is in front and the defending champion there, maria, who finished second two years ago, is not among the leaders but among the many
runners, 20,000 in all. the rain is falling, the temperatures are cooling, and the baltimore marathon continues to unfold whether you make it around the scenic view of lake mont bello or the jutch hill stretch that takes you through the east side of the patterson park, or one of the many on the streets of baltimore, it's a special saturday. and we continue our live coverage after this.
race. they will make it. and they'll make it in record numbers, more than 20,000 runners today. all of the runners are trailing this man, alphonso yadech. 25-year-old kenyan who is well now in front of the defending champion julius keter. boats both of our leaders are 25-year-old. a very good year for 25-year-olds. because the leader on the women's side is a 25-year-old from kirgstan one of the many countries satellite russia, former soviet union, now a free-standing country. and if she is able to win we'll have yet another international story line that has never produced an american winner. we've had russians win but never anybody from kirgstan. >> the prize money increased this year, although the men's and women's winner stay the same but the overall prize money increased. and this is looks like the guy
who is going to take it home for the men. >> he is coming down utah street corridor. he has no company, only a police escort. he will not set a baltimore marathon record. we are 2 hourks, 12 minutes, 33 seconds and counting. that's a full half minute slower than last year's record pace set by the number two runner at the moment. so if wind and the rain did have an outcome impact. it has taken last year's favorite and pushed him to second place. but it's yadech who is now going to start to hear the first wave of applause as he makes his way out of the utah street corridor and is now coming down into the home stretch. he is glancing over his shoulder almost in disbelief that julius keter is no where around. he has only police in front, behind, and vans to the side as he is coming now towards the
celebration village. and he will be a one-man celebration. this 25-year-old kenyan. it has been his race since mile 16. and now, for the first time today, he has the finish line in sight. you can hear the applause beginning to build. julius keter has dropped out of second place. this is all about alphonso yet etch. ize yak has taken over second place. and there is the sight every marathon runner dreams of, the finish line. alphonso will take it in two hours, 13 minutes, 59 seconds. and he is celebrating. the body language says disbelief. married to exhaustion. he did not want to take one more step after finishing the race. and he finishes it ahead of last year's winner.
it's hard to say if that is a position of prayer, exhaustion, or all of the above. >> i was going to say gratitude. i saw gratitude and disbelief more so. look at that smile. >> for the first time since he left the start line, we see the smile from today's champion. a first-time winner. he is going to make his way over to our position and we're going to get a chance to talk with the winner. and this is what always amazes me. after running for more than two hours, we asked this man to come over here and talk to us after running that far the last thing in the world i would want to do with anything or anyone is have a conversation. but here comes our champion. we will visit with him when we come back. the weather is falling apart but the race is picking up as we continue.
>> the elite runners continue to make their way to the finish line. we are joined by this year's champion. alphonso yadech. two hours, 14 minutes. this is a happy man who has won his first marathon. >> you said this is the first marathon you've ever won. congratulations. >> thank you. >> but then you said i'm happy that you won but i'm not happy with my time. explain that to us. >> i went slowly because i wanted to win. but no time. yeah. >> but i did won with the fastest group only. >> how did the wind and the rain, the weather conditions
affect the rain? >> this is maybe medium. i can run faster but the wind, a lot of wind. very strong wind. >> about halfway through the race you looked like you were struggling. but then you pulled away and you won. what was going on there at about an hour in? >> only went slowly keeping pace with the fast one. and then i keep on -- >> you pulled ahead and you won. >> yes. >> when you crossed the finish line, you immediately got on your knees. >> i did not believe myself. >> so that was disbelief. >> now i believe i won. >> congratulations. what will you do now? >> fine. it's ok. >> congratulations. there you go.
>> the man who is going to celebrate this day and this memory. his first marathon win. he was not pleased with his time. but that is still the second fastest time the baltimore marathon history. only race that came in faster was last year. julius keter did it just under two hours 12 minutes. but it was julius who he put away. but it is the winner we remember, the winner we celebrate. and yadech is a man who has now found his place in the the history books. sixth time a kenyan has won. >> i can't believe he said he's not happy with his time. although he is happy he's won. he also said he never raced against keter before. and he also told us he didn't think he was going to pull it out. >> we didn't think he was going to pull it out. our expert running said that he
was drafting behind keter just trying to conserve his energy. and i think we were all surprised. in that group as well. that he was able to put keter away as they made their way around the lake it was his race from there. at lake mont bello, the pace a little more tame. now it is about a day in which 20,000 people test their individual times. their personal goals. the training they have put in for many as much as six months preparing for this day. to many as much as six years. some dreamt about running in this race for this long. maybe a personal bet, a personal goal. somebody might say see if you can get out and run your best race and that's what they do. this we believe is the leader for the women's race. that is julia from kirgstan, a 25-year-old. we've never had a winner from
kerges stan before. one thing that is clearly emerged is this is no longer a repeat race. we thought for sure we would see the defending champions men's and womens run away with today's races. that is not the case at all in the ninth running of the baltimore marathon. >> it's interesting that the ages of the women who are in the lead today is 24, 25, 26. they've been trailing. the men tend to be 20. and it just, studies are shown -- >> you saying that men peak early? >> that's what i'm trying to say. women evolve into better runners as they age. >> kate is politely trying to say that women evolve. the woman who is evolving is julia ark povea. and we're back after this.
>> a kenyan sweep of the baltimore marathon. first, second, and third. yadech taking an unofficial time of two hours, 14 minutes, for the men. despite the rain and the wind. second fastest time in baltimore marathon history. on the women's side, history also unfolding as the winner from kirgest ann has the lead. with two hours, 25 minutes already having transpired here in baltimore, she is trying to close in and become the first winner from kirgestan, a race
dominated by eastern european runners. russians have dominated here. but today she finds herself far ahead of the field. >> she looks strong. she participated in the olympic games last summer. she came -- you remember her and the race she ran. >> she finished around 58 or so. >> her time was 2:44:41. it was hotter there than it was here. so she's looking like she is pacing toward about that same time. her personal best is 2:34:10. so now we want to go out to sarah caldwell our colleague at mile 23. >> hi there. things are starting to see more of a flow of runners coming through. but it was interesting because the first few that came through were here with the gummy bear
guy as we know him. they didn't really take the gummy bears. that was interesting. i thought this was the mile marker that they would need the sugar. >> the elite runners, professionals, the first hour they have a precise routine. they don't want to take anything, don't want to touch anything that's going to deviate from the course. it's the next hour and couple hours after that they you get the every man runner. >> then it becomes like a feeding frenzy. now, you've done the baltimore marathon once and a total of 51 marathons. so you know what they're going through. and you started out in baltimore. moved to new hampshire. but now you're back. and this ising this that's really important. why do you come back? >> it's to give back, give back to the running community. there's people out there helping all the runners around the course and each marathonner should give back. and this is my way. >> we're looking forward to when the big group of people come and it becomes like a fish feeding frenzy.
i've already taken a few myself. so i'm a gummy bear girl as well. thank you for being with us. hi there rob. >> you can see the runners. unbelievable all the people running. 20,000. every bit of 20,000 people running. and it is an unbelieveable sight to see here on south lynnwood avenue as the runners run by. this is mile 16 going into mile 17. and a lot of people look tired. but it is amazing to see so many of them smiling having a good time and just amazing how many people are going to be able to accomplish this fete and run today in all kinds of races here. the streets are lined with fans. and a lot of people are running for all kinds of causes. you just walked up to me. >> hi. >> you were telling me. >> i'm here on -- representing the parkinson's association. and a friend of mine is running
on my behalf and the rest of the parkinson's community. it's being called pacing for parkinson's so benefit the johns hopkins center. >> it's a great thing that your friend is doing. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you very, very much. people running for all kinds of causes. running hard, having fun. it is an unbelieveable site sight. >> back to you guys. >> thank you very much. motivation as numerous as the strides in this baltimore marathon. when we come back, the finish of the women's race, kirgest an produces its first winner after this.
a couple year is ago. 23:34:10. so this is an accomplishment for her. >> you look at somebody who has run 26 miles and change, notice the complete lack of expression on her face. as if she was running from her house to her mail box and back with the morning delivery. instead, she is delivering the winner's medal or picking it up i should say as she comes down the final stretch. and the crowd now recognizing the first female runner to come down and cross the finish line. julia ark povea from kyrgestan. and she is closing in finishing in just a shade more than 2:32:023. the winner of the women's race in the the baltimore marathon. and we are back to talk with a remarkably poised women's champ
>> the marathon continues to wind its way, we welcome the women's winner. we get winners from different countries we expand our vocabularyies. it's ark povea from kyrgestan. a guy should have known that but we welcome our winner as she has set a new record 2:32:03. >> we just told her she broke the baltimore course record. tell her we said congratulations and ask her how she feels. >> she is very happy because she has today personal record,
and she feels very well because it was raining very hard and today the marathon, for sure, very, very easy, you know, very easy. >> so she trained hard. >> no tired. the course is very fun. and she is happy. >> she said the course was funny? >> ask her what made her laugh? what did you find funny? >> can you ask her about the conditions today. the weather conditions. and how that played into her race. >> today it doesn't matter. because she's strong now. >> congratulations. we commend you on a baltimore record and a personal record. thanks for talking to us. >> thank you so much.
>> congratulations. >> thank you so much for this mashtsdzen. >> and thank you for a brilliant effort as she has set the new standard for women. 2:32:03. the unofficial time as we have our first winner from kyrgestan. i love the name. >> she broke the record here by more than three minutes. that is unbelievable. and the conditions like this on such a hilly course. but you heard her translater. she said she trained hard. >> awful weather but a sensational time. that's the first time a translater has ever read the runner's thoughts. you know you are closely connected when you can translate just by reading the thoughts. the thoughts starting to lean towards the side of pain. at lake montebello you still have about six miles to go until you can make it to the finish. and some have been reduced to
>> not a day for repeat champions in baltimore. the women's winner from kyrgestan. she is followed by a pair of eastern european runners from russia and so it is eastern european for the women, kenya for the men. and and we have crowned new champions both on the women ds and the men's side. and we did it all with mixed weather conditions. it benefited the women's race, it did not help with the time for the men's race. but for the many runners still on the course, the weather has leaned to the side of a cool light mist. >> for the back of the runners,
it's -- you orchestrated this weather very nicely today. it feels cooler because of the breeze, the mits cools you down as well. >> the runners -- >> kate first called you a back of the pack runner. then to the divine creator that you orchestrate the weather. somewhere in between is the real tony. >> which are you tony? >> i'm the back of the pack probably. but the weather worked out fine. there was a passing little shower here. and you've been talking about it this morning. the runners don't mind that. if there's a little breeze and rain it's ok for them. and everybody down here didn't seem to mind when i was walking through the crowd. nobody yelled at me. nobody said nasty thing soss that was good. so a brief passing shower worked out fine. >> so this was the first year of seeing the start of the half marathon. >> right. >> and i'm not sure if you can describe the energy that you
get down there. >> it is so cool. i left ten years ago so we've been doing this for nine years, so this is my first time down here. the energy is electric. you've got thousands of people all juiced up and ready to go and you feel that at the start of the line. and it's really cool to be down there, see the confeti going and hear the bands. it was really neat. >> and while this is the ninth year of the marathon, it's only the sixth year that has mushroomed. runners will use this as the training run for the marine corps and boston marathon. >> hen is that? >> a month from now. >> that makes sense. and it's a good warmup to do the half marathon. >> the runners may not mind the rain. but football players do mind the rain. how are things shaping up for the rest of the weekend? >> i think it's going to be great for the game. idge it will be 60s and sunny.
i think you would call it good football weather tomorrow. >> we will be back down. we'll make it a weekend. >> you might as well sleep here under the pavilion. >> there's a look at the hd doppler and there's going to be another batch of light rain coming through. this is not cansle your plans. this is nuisance kind of rain. so not a big deal. you probably felt the wind shift come through. there was a front that came through about 20 minutes ago. the shift in the wind and dropped the temperature about 5 degrees. so when you first got here at 4:00, it was warmer than it is now. it was humid. so this front is going to get rid of the humidity and drop the tumple. and we'll wind up in the low 60s by late this afternoon.
>> kate calls him a back of the pack runner. tony is whipping up all kinds of conditions for us today. rob is seeing the crowd whipped up near patterson park as the runners make their way passed you. i notice many like yourself have been reduced to walkers. >> yeah. a lot of them have. and you can see on some of them the pain on their face. it's getting tough at this time. but people are still going at their own pace and you can see it's just a sea of people running and some people walking. >> i'm feeling fabulous. >> feeling fine. >> they're still going. amazing athletes. talk about the winners out in front. these are people that work every day, these are some of them older than i am. these are people that worked out amazing another leets to take on the 26 miles. or the 5-k or half marathon. >> how are you doing?
>> awesome. great. keep going. >> an amazing sight to see and it keeps on going. more and more people keep on coming. 20,000 taking part in this great event. it's amazing to see. >> it is amazing, rob. i'm really enjoying being here again this year and watching the runners. at mile marker 23, they are not looking quite as happy as they were at mile marker 6. this is when it gets really tough. this is when they're starting to stop and get gummy bears because they need the sugar as they go along. and you can see more of a steady flow of runners coming through. and they are stopping for the most part. the challenge i guess if it starts raining again and the gummy bears get wet then they're not so good. so this is a really tough stretch here. they're almost to the end but they still have a few more miles to go. so we'll continue to watch
folks as they work through it here at mile marker 23. these are some incredible people. back to you, kate. >> thanks. you know, the gummy bear guy there at mile 23, he started in 2002 with 20 pounds. somebody had given him gummy bears during a race. he thought it's a perfect late race snack. his brother lives there. he ran to safeway, bought 20 pounds. this year, 400 pounds of gummy bears. he pays for them himself. he spent $1,700. so he moved to new hampshire but he flew down here. he does it to give back to all the people who helped him out. >> and any runner will tell you that is literally a give back that they want to have because that might not seem like the ideal snack most days. if you're running, you don't have time for a turkey and cheese sandwich. >> and you're so irritated, the
gummy bears don't melt in your hands so you're not irritated that your hands are sticky. and if you swallow it whole you're not going to choke. >> gummy bears are good for everything, breakfast and running. >> since doing the story, i've had an jomplee whelm -- overwhelming hankering for root beer gummy bears. >> he vowed that he was going to run 50 marathons by the time he is 50. she 49 and he has run more than 50 marathons. >> i've vowed never to run a marathon. and i'm on track. >> we're going to get you one of these days. >> representing the weather office, and tom is running. >> tom is running. >> he's not walking. >> tom is the kind of runner where he just decides i'm going to run this morning, he breezes through it and then he will come up here to say hi and not
even sweating. >> he doesn't train or anything else. >> he's a natural runner. >> he's like the women's winner. i think they might have kind of similar. >> a lot of vowels, a lot of strides, a lot of love of runners today as they're working their way around lake montebello, one of the more scenic aspects of this marathon. a slightly different course this year. we did not see the runners go by fort mchenry because of the construction. more parkway running. on a longer stretch of the park. by the time they get to lake montebello it's 5.2 miles left. if you get that far and still breathing, you're still hoping, you've got to believe you can make the last five miles. >> when we zoomed in on those runners, we saw a lot more smiles. and that's because by the time
you get there you have basically run up a five-mile hill. it's -- people compare it to heart break hill in boston. look at them, they're smiling and waving. >> they'll be a lot or exstatic when they make their way down to where we're positioned. all motivations, all with their eye on the same destination, the finish line. 26 miles, 385 yards from the finish when we come back we'll finish our live coverage of the baltimore marathon.
>> a kenyan trio finishing one, two, three on the men's side. first to finish, yad itch from kenya. the 25-year-old winning for the first time in his running career, followed by mack caria, and yebti. all three kenyan runners. the sixth to win the baltimore marathon. most who run today could only dream on running two hours, 14 minutes. a blink compared to the pace that most runners today. and not so much as a grim yass by the women's winner from kyrgestan who set a women's record. and i'm still astoubded by the fact she was not breathing hard, she was not sweating. she wasn't even talking. her translater just read her
mind when we asked her questions. she has to be the coolest customer we have ever seen. she is also the fastest we've ever seen here in baltimore. and we are joined by the man who first brought the marathon to baltimore. lee according gan. this nine years ago this was for some a far-fetched dream. who is going to come to baltimore to run in a marathon. you have created a global event attended from all 50 states, 44 countries. how proud are you? >> it's a great day for the entire city. we're so excited about not just obviously all the runners that come but all the families that come as well as all the neighborhoods and the folks in the city that come out and support the event. it just gets better and better. >> i had talked to you before about some of the change this is year. there are some course changes. and you tried something new at the half marathon. five waves of runners. did that go off the way you wanted? >> we had five waves of runners
because we had 10,000 total half marathonner participants so we tried to break it up because they're so concerned with the merge. it's all part of our smart growth area that beeve got to make sure that we do a good job with execution and implementation of this thing or else the runners will hammer us. so we have got to do a good job. >> how's the early feedback? >> good so far. everything's been smooth. i talked to some people about an hour ago and it was going perfect. >> now that you figured out the merge in baltimore, give us the figure on the interstate. >> we asked veterans why do you keep coming back and one of the most common answers is it's just run really well. so congratulations. you should know that. >> thank you very much. i've got a great team of guys that work with me. and the police, the fire, the department of public works,
department of transportation. we're all a big team now. i mean, a rellly big team. and everybody pulls together. >> congratulations. >> a big team with a successful day. congratulations. >> thank you. >> lee, the event's creator and organizer. and that is going to do it for us here in baltimore on the ninth running. we want to remind you our coverage of today's marathon will be rebroadcast. a chance to look for yourself or family members. kate, it's always been a pleasure. >> it has been a pleasure. and one of these years we're going to get you out there to run the marathon yourself. >> there's 20,000 people running and walking. i'll stick to my role. thanks for being with us on the coverage of the 2009 baltimore coverage of the 2009 baltimore marathon.