First-time Kalamazoo Marathon runner wins

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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**Correction: A previous version of this article listed incorrect finish times. Those times have been updated. We regret the error.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of runners took to the streets of Kalamazoo Sunday for the annual Borgess Run For The Health of It races, which included a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon.

Ful marathon runner Ryan Holtz of Clawson, Michigan, crossed the finish line first with a time of 2 hours, 45 minutes and 36 seconds; about five minutes ahead of his closest contender. This was his first time running the Kalamazoo Marathon and he said he beat his goal by six minutes.

“It was a better day than I thought I was going to have,” a pleased Holtz said.

The first woman to finish was Michelle Magagna of Portage, who had a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds. She was fourth overall.

Cool temperatures made the conditions perfect for the early runners, while those finishing after the noon hour faced 70 degrees and sunny skies.

The full marathon course started on Gull Road at Nazareth College, went through downtown Kalamazoo, along Stadium Drive and through Western Michigan University’s Research Park. Next it was on to the Winchell neighborhood for the famous “Bacon Station,” serving fleshly grilled bacon and snacks.

Complete race results can be found on the marathon’s website.

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