May 11, 2011

Ferris Alum Wins First Kalamazoo Marathon

Big Rapids, Mich. - A Ferris State University alum and former Bulldog student-athlete won the first-ever Kalamazoo Marathon held this past Sunday (May 8) in Kalamazoo.

Brian Reynolds, who was a men's track and field/cross country competitior at FSU from 2006-10, emerged victorious in the inaugural event presented by Borgess.

The 23-year old Reynolds completed his first-ever marathon race by covering the 26.2 mile course in a time of two hours, 34 minutes and 39 seconds to be crowned as the city's first marathon champion. It was his first race longer than 20 miles.

The Otsego High School product passed race leader Galen Burrell at the 23-mile mark and never looked back in notching the victory.

"It's an awesome feeling," Reynolds said.  "When I heard about the Kalamazoo Marathon, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"During training I would think, how exciting would it be if I could win the first Kalamazoo Marathon. Everyone will remember the first person who won it. Especially being born and raised in Kalamazoo, it makes it even that much more special."

Reynolds wrapped up his collegiate career at FSU during the 2009-10 athletics season and competed both in cross country and track as a distance runner for the Bulldogs.  He was honored as a GLIAC All-Academic Team pick multiple times during his collegiate career.

More than 1,300 runners participated in the marathon, which jogged through downtown Kalamazoo, the Western Michigan University campus and various neighborhoods.

The Kalamazoo Marathon made its debut this year at the city's annual "Borgess Run for the Health of It", an event reaching its 32-year mark.  The full marathon event, spanning 26.2 miles, was held on Sunday and accompanied by its veteran runs including the Half Marathon, 5K Run and 5K Walk.

For complete information and results from the Kalamazoo Marathon, please visit the official race website found at the link below:

www.kalamazoomarathon.com

Note: Photos and information included in the story courtesy of the Kalamazoo Gazette (www.kalamazoogazette.com).

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