Sun shines on 1st McAllen Marathon

by Office of Communications and Media Relations | Dec 16, 2013

Hundreds of runners from around the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, the U.S. and the world converged on the city last Sunday for the first-ever McAllen Marathon – which organizers and city leaders deemed an unqualified success.


Full marathon and half marathon runners and relay teams formed the 1,049 that finished the McAllen Marathon. Organizers said 1,167 signed up for the race, which took place under almost ideal conditions and was a Boston Marathon qualifier.


“This was a really fun event and a great day for McAllen and the Valley,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “It was so great to see both serious and recreational runners, team work and the spirit of competition out there. And it’s great to see our community support this event.”


Darling also said he was impressed with how well the McAllen Marathon went off and was appreciative of all the work put forth by volunteers, city staff from several departments and others who made it a success. He added that he was glad to see so many supporters line the race route along city neighborhoods.


The race’s start and finish line were at the De Leon Soccer Complex. The race began at 7 a.m. Most of the half marathoners, the bulk of the participants, were finished by 10 a.m. The marathoners and marathon relays were complete by just after noon.


In all, 690 runners (353 men, 337 women) signed up for the half marathon, 224 did the full marathon (144 men, 80 women) and 253 did the relay 104 men and 149 women. They came from 13 different states and four countries.  


Kiplagat Cheptoo of Georgetown, Texas posted the fasted time in the half marathon with 1 hour 11 minutes and 14 seconds. Mission’s Mike Guerrero was second, just hundreds of a second behind but officially with the same time: 1:11:14. Hyvon Ngetich recorded the fastest women’s time with 1:22:12 and McAllen Yanory Hernandez was fastest from the Valley with 1:31:41.


For the full marathon: Peter Kemboi, of Georgetown, finished first overall with 2:35:42. Edinburg’s Hector Gandara posted the RGV’s fastest time at 2:42:05. Anges Chelagat was the fastest woman at 3:18:07 and Enid Schantz-Hagelberg of Pharr had the Valley’s top time at 3:34:52.


McAllen’s Bordertown Fuego Clutch had the quickest four-person full marathon relay with a time of 2:45:38. They were Ismael Madrigal, Hugo Sanchez, Manuel Garcia and Nico Soliz.