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Gerdel of Wailuku wins Lake Mead Half Marathon

Morgan Gerdel (right) poses with Hawaii running legend Johnny Faerber after Gerdel won the Lake Mead Half Marathon on Sunday. Faerber was volunteering at the event. Jessica Gerdel photo

The Maui News

Morgan Gerdel of Wailuku won the Lake Mead Half Marathon on Sunday in Henderson, Nev.

Gerdel finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hours, 40 minutes, 24.5 seconds, crossing the finish line nearly seven minutes ahead of men’s runner-up Darrin Jones.

The course was held on the River Mountains Loop Trail, relocated from the original course at Lake Mead due to the government shutdown.

“My wife and I were in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday and we decided to run last minute, on a whim,” Gerdel said in a email. “The 37-degree temperature at the start took some getting used to, but the sunrise coming over the mountains and views of the Strip’s skyline more than made up for it. I found myself at the front early and picked up the pace as the race progressed, surprising myself with first place. I was really impressed by the BBSC Endurance Running organization for putting on a well-managed race with plenty of support on the course.”

Gerdel has run 23 half marathons to date and is part of a half-marathon running group called the Half Fanatics.

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