April 07, 2008

Go! St. Louis Marathon, April 6, 2008

Early risers, including Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, laced up their running shoes and hit the pavement of St. Louis Sunday morning for the Go! St. Louis Marathon. See the story in these photos by Lyle Whitworth.
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Go! St. Louis Marathon runners and spectators scramble to the starting line prior to the race.
Lyle Whitworth
Go! St. Louis Marathon runners and spectators scramble to the starting line prior to the race.
Denny McDonough, Sarah Rebholz, and Andrew Rebholz, stretch and make final preparations before hitting the downtown St. Louis streets.
Lyle Whitworth
Denny McDonough, Sarah Rebholz, and Andrew Rebholz, stretch and make final preparations before hitting the downtown St. Louis streets.
Missouri Governor, Matt Blunt, walks to the starting line before Sunday’s Go! St. Louis Marathon.  Blunt competed in the marathon relay for the second consecutive year with John Russell, Rick Chrismer, and Mary Craven.
Lyle Whitworth
Missouri Governor, Matt Blunt, walks to the starting line before Sunday’s Go! St. Louis Marathon. Blunt competed in the marathon relay for the second consecutive year with John Russell, Rick Chrismer, and Mary Craven.
Charles Glenn sings the National Anthem to kick off the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Glenn also occasionally performs the National Anthem at St. Louis Blues, Rams, and Cardinals games.
Lyle Whitworth
Charles Glenn sings the National Anthem to kick off the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Glenn also occasionally performs the National Anthem at St. Louis Blues, Rams, and Cardinals games.
Nearly 15,000 runners participated in the 2008 Go! St. Louis Marathon. Shown are the runners sprinting off the starting line.
Lyle Whitworth
Nearly 15,000 runners participated in the 2008 Go! St. Louis Marathon. Shown are the runners sprinting off the starting line.
Friends and family of Eric Senseman show their support by making signs specifically for this event.
Lyle Whitworth
Friends and family of Eric Senseman show their support by making signs specifically for this event.
Runners from over 40 states participated in this year's marathon.
Lyle Whitworth
Runners from over 40 states participated in this year's marathon.
Even though the sign says, “don’t look back” in support of runner Sahrene Buckwalter, she can’t help but stop to kiss her daughter Abigail, 2.  Also shown is Sahrene’s friend, Sharon Gabriel, and Sahrene’s husband, Alan Buckwalter. She crossed the finish line at 2:01.
Lyle Whitworth
Even though the sign says, “don’t look back” in support of runner Sahrene Buckwalter, she can’t help but stop to kiss her daughter Abigail, 2. Also shown is Sahrene’s friend, Sharon Gabriel, and Sahrene’s husband, Alan Buckwalter. She crossed the finish line at 2:01.
Jim Bartelsmeyer pumps his fist in response to the fans outpouring of support.
Lyle Whitworth
Jim Bartelsmeyer pumps his fist in response to the fans outpouring of support.
High fives all around for this half marathon runner, Jason Pietrucha, of Urbana Ill., prior to crossing the finish line.
Lyle Whitworth
High fives all around for this half marathon runner, Jason Pietrucha, of Urbana Ill., prior to crossing the finish line.