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OC Marathon winners successfully defend their titles

May 6, 2012 |  4:15 pm

Peter Omae Ayieni and Maika Carlsen defended their titles in the OC Marathon on Sunday, winning the men’s and women’s divisions for their second and third consecutive years, respectively.

Ayiena, 34, finished at 2:31:18, ahead of 1,127 other male runners who went the distance, according to the marathon’s website. He was followed by Nate Clayson  at 2:34:50 and Martin Rindahl at 2:42:08.

Carlsen, 31, bested a field of 695 female finishers, crossing the line at 2:53:13. Stephanie Kato was second at 2:55:05 and Alivia Mazura was third at 3:00:26.

Rindahl, 48, won the men’s master’s division, while Leng Klukken, 40, copped the women’s master's title with a time of 3:05:56

In all, more than 2,400 runners from 45 states registered for the race, organizers said. Runners set off at 5:30 a.m. on the circuitous 26-mile course, which started at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa and ended at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.


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