Runners take on the El Paso Marathon

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The skies were clear for the 2019 Michelob Ultra Marathon where over 3,000 runners participated in the races throughout the Sun City. 

Finishing at just over a time of 02:54:36, Francisco Corona was the first to complete the entire marathon with his twin brother minutes behind.

“Last year he ran it too and came third. We said this year was for revenge. I came from Mexico to support him because last year he ran it alone. He had a health problem from the running but today he came for revenge. He’s first place and I’m second,” Pancho Corona said.

The Borderland’s race also brought in athletes from out of town. Jennifer Liechdi became the first woman to finish the challenge and did it to honor her two brothers both the El Paso Fire Department.

“You kind of forget all the pain when you finish and you’re really excited,” Liechdi said.

The marathon took the runners from downtown to the east side as far as Wedgewood Drive.

For some runners, the race won’t stop in the Sun City. Finishing under a certain time their respective age groups gets them qualified for next year’s Boston Marathon.

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