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Justin and Melissa Gillette Claim Victory at Atlanta Marathon

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Nearly 1200 marathon participants and 300 relay teams toed the line at the 2011 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30. The event started and finished at Atlantic Station near Midtown Atlanta.  2011 marked the 49th running of the Atlanta Marathon, which was previously held in conjunction with the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the inaugural running of the Atlanta Marathon Relay.

"From the sell-out of the inaugural Atlanta Marathon Relay, to the near perfect weather conditions and fantastic course support from our volunteers and the 18 Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations that were part of the Atlanta Track Club's Adopt a Marathon Mile program, we couldn't have asked for a better event," said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.

In a first for the Atlanta Marathon, the husband and wife duo of Justin Gillette and Melissa Gillette, both 28 of Goshen, Ind., took home first place victories in the overall male and female races at the 2011 Atlanta Marathon with times of 2:33:45 and 3:01:40 respectively.  Justin took the lead early in the race around mile three and was able to maintain his lead throughout, crossing the finish nearly seven and a half minutes ahead of second place finisher, Charles Slick of Atlanta. Melissa drew her motivation to tackle the hilly, Atlanta course from the crowd support along the way which contributed to her nearly six minute lead over second place finisher, Patricia Coppel of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Track Club Men's Open Team made up of Cory Baumann, Mike Gerber, Andrew Mearns and Piotr Witczak took top honors in the men's relay division with a time of 2:23:28 at the Atlanta Marathon Relay, while team "birthday CAKE" made up of Anna Collins, Kay Crawford, Clara Easterlin and Elyse Ensor claimed first in the women's relay division with a time of 3:23:59.

Throughout the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay participants were treated to aid station and cheer zone support from 18 metro Atlanta based nonprofits that were selected to be part of the Atlanta Track Club's Adopt a Marathon Mile program.  The various organizations each adopted a mile of the course and provided a minimum of 30 volunteers to support an aid station and cheer zone within their mile.  Organizations that met the minimum requirements during the event will receive a $3,500 – $7,500 donation from the Atlanta Track Club based on each organization's level of support.   

Complete results for the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay are posted at atlantamarathon.org

2011 Atlanta Marathon Prize Money Recipients (Prize money awarded based on official gun time.)

Overall Male     

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Justin Gillette

28

Goshen, Ind.

2:33:45

$1,000

2

Charles Slick

26

Atlanta, Ga.

2:41:16

$700

3

John Piggott

46

Williamsburg, Va.

2:44:21

$500

4

Andrew Clarke

30

Atlanta, Ga.

2:44:53

$400

5

Ryan Purcell

24

Atlanta, Ga.

2:46:42

$300

6

Juan Soto

25

Gainesville, Ga.

2:49:01

$250

7

Roy Smoot

28

Atlanta, Ga.

2:50:00

$200

8

Christopher Kimbel

27

Atlanta, Ga.

2:56:37

$150

Overall Female

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Melissa Gillette

28

Goshen, Ind.

3:01:40

$1,000

2

Patricia Coppel

28

Atlanta, Ga.

3:07:36

$700

3

Mary Chind

26

Atlanta, Ga.

3:07:55

$500

4

Izabela Amos

29

Atlanta, Ga.

3:12:00

$400

5

Laurie Knowles

34

Atlanta, Ga.

3:12:02

$300

6

Gina Rouse

31

Knoxville, Tenn.

3:15:20

$250

7

Leah Thomas

34

Atlanta, Ga.

3:15:20

$200

8

Kathryn Kramer

24

Atlanta, Ga.

3:20:31

$150

Masters Male

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

John Piggott

46

Williamsburg, Va.

2:44:21

$500

2

Donald Mack

44

Limerick, Pa.

3:12:47

$400

3

Mike Wien

60

Marietta, Ga.

3:13:55

$300

Masters Female 

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Mary Delp

41

Alpharetta, Ga.

3:24:30

$500

2

Lisa Dillman

44

Decatur, Ga.

3:27:30

$400

3

Sheryl Ehft

57

Bally, Pa.

3:32:32

$300

Grandmaster Male

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Mike Wien

60

Marietta, Ga.

3:13:55

$250

Grandmaster Female

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Sheryl Ehft

57

Bally, Pa.

3:32:32

$250

Out-of-State Male

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Justin Gillette

28

Goshen, Ind.

2:33:45

$300

Out-of-State Female

Place

Name

Age

City, State

Time

Prize Money

1

Melissa Gillette

28

Goshen, Ind.

3:01:40

$300