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Nearly 1,300 compete in annual half marathon here

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Lynchburg’s Korby Holcomb finished 153rd among 1,261 competitors at this year’s Oak Barrel Half Marathon. Holcomb’s time of 1:50:47 was 39 minutes behind race winner Josh Whitehead, of Madison, Ala. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Lynchburg’s Korby Holcomb finished 153rd among 1,261 competitors at this year’s Oak Barrel Half Marathon. Holcomb’s time of 1:50:47 was 39 minutes behind race winner Josh Whitehead, of Madison, Ala. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — More than 1,250 runners converged on the Lynchburg square on Saturday for the sixth annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile trek through scenic Moore County drew a record number of participants as the event put on by the Mach Tenn Running Club and sponsored by Jack Daniel’s continues to grow each year.

Josh Whitehead, 36, of Madison, Ala., was the overall winner, completing the course at the 1:11:14 mark to set a new event record. Whitehead’s time eclipsed the old record of 1:13:01 set in 2012 by Tullahoma’s Brad Chronister.

Tullahoma’s Eric Nelius, 19, returned to record another outstanding finish. The former Tullahoma High School distance runner came in at 1:19:54 to place second, one spot better than his third-place finish from a year ago.

Marina Scheithauer, of Murfreesboro, was the top female finisher. The 33-year-old ran an outstanding race and finished at the 1:30:53 mark, which was also good enough for 13th overall.

As always a number of local runners entered the event, which drew competitors from as far away as Canada.

Korby Holcomb, 43, was the top finisher from Lynchburg. With time of 1:50:47, Holcomb was 153rd overall and 26th in his age group (40-44) on the winding, hilly course that includes the infamous Whiskey Hill.

Other finishers from Lynchburg — with their name, overall finishing position and time — included Dorie Lund (232), 1:56:46; Chris Branch (301), 2:00:31; Mark Miller (326), 2:01:54; Sarah Sanders (415), 2:06:56; Troy Harper (495), 2:11:38; Nell Green (560), 2:15:55; Kayla Everett (656), 2:20:32; Jana Sullenger (747), 2:25:20; Rita Logan (801), 2:29:19; Tommy Cauble (1082), 2:57:36; Lacey Hobbs (1175), 3:13:07.

Editor’s note: Names and times provided by Mach Tenn Running Club. Other competitors from Moore County with an address other than Lynchburg may not be listed above. For complete results, go online to <www.oakbarrelhalf.com> and click on the “Results” link.

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