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Baldwin victorious in Run the Great Lakes
Reported June 5, 2011 by Michael Purvis for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Rosemary Baldwin is back.

Baldwin won Sunday's 13th annual Run the Great Lakes female half marathon with a time of 1:33.15, a full six minutes faster than her nearest competitor.

This is the second year in a row the 32-year-old has done the half-marathon at the fundraising run, after an eight-year absence.

"It's kind of exciting to win something, but mostly, after running that far, you just feel kind of calm, I guess," said Baldwin.

Alex Heeps came second (1:39.38), followed by Janice MacKay (1:42.33), Kirsten Corrigal (1:46.18) and Lisa Harvey (1:47.10).

The event, which raises money for the Lung Association and Sault youth athletes, drew 243 participants, up from last year.

Baldwin said her time this year was a minute or two faster than last year's, despite last year's rainy conditions, which Baldwin prefers to sunny and warm, like Sunday was. Last year, Baldwin finished second.

She credits her training this year for a better run.

"I probably was more prepared this year. I did a marathon a month ago, so more distance training," said Baldwin.

Baldwin is having, "a pretty good year."

She was the second fastest female entry in the CIS Sudbury Rocks Marathon in May. She said she may also run the Chamber Chase Marathon in Sault, Mich. in the fall.

"That's as far ahead as I've planned," said Baldwin.

In the men's half marathon on Sunday, Nathan Mudge, who recently finished 176th among 26,907 runners in the 2011 Boston Marathon, placed first with a time of 1:19.22. He was followed by Carl Zimmerman (1:31.12), Mitchell Ryan (1:31.22), Dan Puddister (1:31.28) and David Olscamp (1:31.50).

In the men's 10-kilometre, Daniel Turco won with a time of 35:44. Scott McCron (37:44) placed second, with Mark Wetzel (39:53) in third and Jim Walsh (39:56) in fourth.

Deborah Buhlers (39:09) won the women's 10-kilometre, followed by Sydney Belleau (46:48), Laurie Burrows (48:02), Whitney Artuso (49:27), and Dina Poderys (51:24).

In the men's five-kilometre, Patrick Heeps (18:46) came out on top. Next was Pascal Burton (19:54), Andrew McCormick (20:13), Devyn Henson (20:29), and Mark Jones (21:03).

Stephanie Kwolek (21:22) won the women's five-kilometre. Placing second was Sarah Caicco (22:40), followed by Shilo Rousseau (23:24), Laurie Breault (23:29), and Julia Pulente (23:42).