Hundreds hit the road for Lubbock Mayor's Marathon

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The Mayor’s Fitness Council hosted the 4th Lubbock Mayor's Marathon Sunday morning in the Depot District and throughout the Hub City.
The Mayor’s Fitness Council hosted the 4th Lubbock Mayor's Marathon Sunday morning in the Depot District and throughout the Hub City.

Hundreds of Lubbockites hit the road Sunday morning, running all around the city as part of the fourth Mayor's Marathon.

The Mayor’s Fitness Council hosted this spring's event, with assistance from sponsors including United Supermarkets, Lubbock first responders and a host of volunteers.

Hundreds of people from all age groups participated in either the marathon - a 26.2-mile course - the 13.1-mile half marathon or 5K, with dozens of children running in the Kids Fun Run.

The races centered around the Buddy Holly Center at 19th Street and Crickets Avenue in the Depot District and concluded with a Finish Festival featuring food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and other activities.

The marathon running course began near the Buddy Holly Center and took runners through the Canyon Lake System, the Texas Tech University Campus, as well as through residential neighborhoods around the city.

Runners participated in the marathon, half-marathon and other events of the Lubbock Mayor's Marathon Sunday morning.
Runners participated in the marathon, half-marathon and other events of the Lubbock Mayor's Marathon Sunday morning.

Gonzalo Espinoza, a 31-year-old man from El Paso, was top finisher in the marathon, coming in at a time of 3:05:22 - an average pace of 7:05 per mile, according to results shared through the race host's website.

Matt Palmer, a 42-year-old man from Lubbock, finished second in the marathon, coming in at a time of 3:07:15 - an average pace of 7:09 per mile.

The marathon, which has runners wear numbers embedded with microchips, serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Hundreds hit the road for Lubbock Mayor's Marathon