Asheville man wins Citizen-Times marathon

Sep. 28, 2013
Citizen-Times half and full marathons roll through...
Citizen-Times half and full marathons roll through...: More than 1,500 runners and three wheelchair athletes competed in the Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon and Half Marathon Saturday morning. 9/28/13. Robert Bradley (
Scott Williams finishes first in the Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon on Saturday. / Dillon Deaton/


ASHEVILLE — As runners crossed the finish line after completing the half marathon and full marathon in the inaugural Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon on Saturday. There were two comments repeated over and over.

“So many hills,” was one.

“The other? “This is the toughest race I’ve ever run.”

Scott Williams of Asheville was one of the few who may not have complained too much. He won the 26.2-mile tresk through and around the city in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 44 seconds, slow by marathon standards but understandable for a course filled with hills.

Williams said he did most of his complaining on Friday, as he took his pre-race run and wondered what he had gotten himself into. But on Saturday, when the horn started the race at 6 a.m., it was a different story.

“I’m surprised I won,” he said. I went a lot faster than I thought. The course wasn’t as slow as I thought it would be.”

Keelin Schneider of Black Mountain won the women’s race in 3:18.27. She said the course was challenging but that she received energy from people who played music, cheered from their houses and also from the support staff.

“It was beautiful but hard and the atmosphere was amazing,” she said.

Dan Kerr, a graduate student at Wake Forest, won the men’s half marathon. The women’s winner was Caitlin Ranson, of Charleston, S.C.

“Serious hills,” she said when asked to describe her journey.

“There aren’t any hills in Charleston except for the bridge.

The Citizen-Times will have more coverage in Sunday’s newspaper.

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