Published: Jul 07, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Jul 06, 2012 11:36 AM
CARRBORO - According to the old adage, only mad dogs and Englishmen go outside in the noonday sun.
Add devoted runners to that notorious list.
True, it was only 8 a.m. Wednesday when hundreds of entrants started the annual Four on the Fourth 4-mile road race in Carrboro, but temperatures already were on their way skyward. By the time the last runners had left the finish area on the campus of McDougle School, temps were again nearing 100.
But the July 4 heat didn’t stop grand marshall Joan Nesbitt Mabe, her riding helmet festooned with American flags, from smiling broadly as she led the runners over the starting line.
Fleet Feet’s Nike Race Team dominated in the results, with five Elite Team members finishing in the top two of the overall and masters’ results.
Brock Baker, who set the course record (20:01.68) in 2009, was first overall for the third time in four years. Nike Fleet Feet Nike teammate Marc Jeuland, the 2007 winner, took second place in 21:02.77.
John Hinton, at age 50, ran a 22:08.76 for sixth place overall and was tops in the 40-49 master division for the 10th straight year. He was the overall winner in 2004-05-06 and set the masters course record in 2003.
Fleet Feet Nike teammates Marley Burns (23:32.51) and Kristin Sellers (24:12.78) were 1-2 in the women’s overall division.
Leslie Morgan, of Chapel Hill crashed the Fleet Feet Nike party and won the female masters’ division with a time of 26:24.03.
For full coverage of the Cardinal Track Club’s Four on the Fourth race, see Randy Young’s report in Wednesday’s Chapel Hill News. W.E. Warnock
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