Monday, December 08, 2008
By JIM OAKS
Special to The Times
Riddle, Heider will be in
The Huntsville Track Club's
32nd Rocket City Marathon starts from downtown
Through this weekend, 1,357
runners had registered for the 26.2-mile race that winds its way south to
"Entries are running a little behind last year, but we still expect to reach our 1,500 limit by next Saturday," race director Suzanne Taylor said. "The economic situation may have cut down on travel for some out-of-town runners, but we are picking up more area and local runners this year."
Two local runners, David Riddle and Caitlin Heider, are new to the race and to the marathon distance but have the credentials for a good finish. Both ran impressive times in the Huntsville Half Marathon last month, Riddle finished in 1:08:11 and Heider won the women's division in 1:20:22.
Riddle, a Bob Jones graduate
who ran at
Heider, a native of
Kenyan Sammy Nyamongo, last year's winner in 2 hours and 27 minutes, is
returning this year, but the current top seed is Michael Green a professor at
Jill Horst, 30, who ran
2:49:15 at the Chicago Marathon in October, heads the women's field. Horst, a
former runner at
George DeWitt, 50, of
Expo on Friday, Saturday
Race headquarters is at the Holiday Inn Downtown where the Nesin Therapy Expo will open Friday at 11 a.m. and continue to 9 p.m. in the hotel's Heritage Ballroom. Runners will pick up race packets and shop for running supplies during these hours.
The public is invited to
attend the clinic talk to be given by Josh Cox, a 2:13 marathoner now living
and training in
Cox, a graduate of
The Expo will reopen at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for final packet pickup and will remain open until 2 p.m.