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More than 18,000 run Austin Marathon

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The 2013 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon was even bigger than last year. More than 18,000 runners lined up in downtown Austin at the crack of dawn Sunday morning and took off at 7.

If they were running the full marathon, it was a 26 mile journey ahead of them...13 miles for the half marathon.

Austin Marathon spokesperson Jeff Hahn couldn't have been happier with the way it all turned out.

"Austin promises a great marathon-running experience including live music, great food, terrific weather. Austin delivered on all fronts today and that's really the story of the day," Hahn said.

27-year-old Omar Martinez from Colorado was the overall marathon winner with a time of 2:35.

Yesterday, we told you about Julie Weiss, the "Marathon Goddess."

She's running 52 marathons in 52 weeks for Pancreatic Cancer. And she's almost to the finish line of all 52.

"Number 48! I feel great," Weiss said as she crossed the finish line.

She lost her father to Pancreatic Cancer in 2010 and now every marathon, she dedicates to someone who has lost their life to the disease.

"I ran for Steve whose battling Pancreatic Cancer...who was born here. I ran for Dino whose buried here and I ran for Helen who is 48...symbolic of my marathon number 48 today. All of those affected from Pancreatic Cancer," Weiss said.

 

Even though the race officially ended at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, there were still some runners out on the course around 2:30.

The Austin Marathon organizers said they have an unofficial rule to stay until everyone finishes.

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