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Marathon comes to a close as last runners cross finish line

First male half marathoner finishes First male half marathoner finishes
First woman half marathoner finishes First woman half marathoner finishes
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Rock 'n' Roll marathon is officially over as the last runners wrapped up their 26.2-mile run Saturday afternoon to spectators' cheers, energetic music beats and a medal.

The first place marathoner was Nathan O'Connell, who finished 26.2 miles at 02:29:05, according to the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon website. No. 2 was Chris Lake at 02:34:02. The third place finisher was Ben Brown at 02:36:13.

The first place marathoner for the women's division was Jill Horst at 02:45:12. No. 2 was Tiffany Chartier at 02:46:30. The third place finisher was Beth Woodward at 02:52:56.

Half marathon first place finisher Rueben Mwei completed 13.1 miles with a time of 01:04:08, according to the real-time results from the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon website. Kevin Castille completed the 13.1 miles with a time of 01:07:02. No. 3 half marathoner John Compton finished with a time of 01:08:40.

The first woman to complete the half marathon was Mula Seboka with a time of 01:13:44. No. 2 was Stephanie Pezzullo, who finished with a time of 01:14:33. No. 3 was Alana Hadley with a time of 01:17:01, according to the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon website.

Just before sunrise, more than 23,000 participants began their run marathon and half marathon from Bay and Bull streets in downtown Savannah.

There are about 6,000 runners who registered to run the entire 26.2-mile route. The marathon and half marathon routes split off at about mile 11.

Trucks went through the starting line area to pick up warm weather gear that was disgarded by runners. The Old Savannah City Mission will be receiving the clothing items.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon included several major road closures throughout the day. See full list of road closures. Several streets have since reopened. See list of reopened streets.

There were 2,400 volunteers who worked at the marathon. There are 400 volunteers who were stationed at the finish line. There 60 medics were on hand for the event and there were police and support from 17 agencies for the event. About 400 students from Savannah State University and a medical station were set up at mile 16 to help out in the marathon.

The race featured more than 40 bands, with one at each mile of the course. It concluded with a Finish Line Festival in Forsyth Park. The Train Wrecks opened the show at 8:30 a.m. Carolina Liar headlined the show.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is expected to bring in $23 million in direct spending for Savannah. The city is the smallest to host the event, according to marathon spokesman Dan Cruz.

Copyright 2011 WTOC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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