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Thousands of runners covered a whole lot of ground Saturday morning for the inaugural Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon.
Runners hit the streets at 6:00AM. It started early to create less of an impact on Asheville residents, who were not involved in the big run.
The full and half-marathon courses took runners all around downtown, through the River Arts District and neighborhoods in north-and-west Asheville.
Jessica Burnstein, ran half marathon, "the running community is a really strong, tight-knit community. And you have people right next to you saying keep going, keep going you're doing great, and it's really motivating to be with all these strong individuals."
Asheville's own Scott Williams finished first, with a time of 2-hours 47-minutes and 44-seconds.
Keelin Schneider of Black Mountain won the women's race in 3-hours 18-minutes and 27-seconds.
And after all the hard work, all the runners were treated to a post-race party downtown.