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Runners beat the heat to honor veterans, fallen in Hero Half


May 30, 2017

Jorel Leyba, 13, left, carries an American flag as he runs along Elm Street with Nathaniel Coleman during the 8K (4.5 mile) race that was part of the Hero Half Marathon race series Saturday morning, May 27. They were among many runners who turned out for the event, which included a 1.3-mile run/walk, the half marathon and a host of other events, including recognition of veterans in a variety of ways.

Tanner Sayers of Sweet Home won the Hero Half Marathon Saturday, May 27, in his first attempt at the 13.1-mile distance.

Sayers, who is finishing his sophomore year in high school, led a field of 10 runners from the starting line to finish in 1:34.57 on a day that was unseasonably warm.

Race Director Rachel Kittson-Maqatish said 193 runners participated, including 73 8K contestants and 110 people who finished a 1.3-mile run/walk on the campus of Community Chapel, where the races started and finished.

It was the fifth year for the race series, founded by Kittson-Maqatish in 2013 in suppo...

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