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Danny Connolly nears the finish line of the 36th annual St. George Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Running: Fritz Van de Kamp, Amber Green victorious in St. George Marathon
Running » St. George Marathon victory is his fourth in state this year.
First Published Oct 06 2012 09:16 pm • Last Updated Jan 14 2013 11:31 pm

St. George • Fritz Van de Kamp was worried about his readiness for Saturday’s St. George Marathon because a nagging hamstring injury limited his preparation.

His concern was unfounded.

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Top five finishers

Men City Time

Fritz Van de Kamp Millcreek 2:21:14

Iain Hunter Provo 2:22:16

Jonathan Kotter Provo 2:22:45

Scott Keate Highland 2:22:53

Pepi Peterson Hudson, Mass. 2:23:29

Women City Time

Amber H Green St. George 2:43:00

Annie O’Donnell Upland, Calif. 2:52:19

Julie Thomas Salt Lake City 2:52:27

Katy Andrews Encinitas, Calif. 2:52:58

Arianne Brown Eagle Mountain 2:54:04

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Van de Kamp pulled away from Iain Hunter and Jonathan Kotter over the final five miles to easily win his fourth marathon of the year.

Van de Kamp finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 14 seconds to beat Hunter and Kotter by just more than a minute. He added the St. George title to earlier wins in the Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Deseret News marathons.

"After [mile marker] 14, it was just me and Jon until 22 or 23," Van de Kamp said. "Then I slowly inched away from him and just held on at the end."

Van de Kamp suffered a hamstring injury shortly after winning the Deseret News Marathon on July 24. Although he did extensive cross-training to maintain his fitness, he ran only one 5K race before St. George.

"I wasn’t able to get in a good half marathon about two weeks before, like I usually do," Van de Kamp said. "So I didn’t feel totally prepared. I went into this one a little more nervous and less confident than the others."

Van de Kamp beat more than 6,000 runners in St. George.

"To win here is great," he said, "because it’s such a big race and such a great event."

In the women’s division, St. George’s Amber Green scored an emotional victory in 2:43 — five minutes better than her previous best time. "I wanted to break 2:45, and I’ve always had a dream of winning the St. George Marathon, to represent my city."


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Green entered her hometown marathon eight times before winning.

Last year, she suffered a stress fracture four miles into the race and pulled out near the halfway point.

"It was devastating," said Green, who was motivated by the disappointment in 2011.

"This year I had a little bit of fuel under me. I wanted to finish what I started last year. So I had a lot of motivation, a lot of help from God and a lot of help from my family. They were so supportive of my training."

Green, a mother of three young children, felt a power surge when she passed the place on the course where she pulled out of last year’s race.

"I thought, ‘Amber, this is where you get to fly,’ " she said. "And I just took off. ... Yeah, there was a lot of extra energy at that point."



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