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December 16, 2013

Claremore runners participate in Route 66 Half-Marathon, 5K


Many active Claremore runners participated in the Williams Route 66 Marathon Nov. 22 and 23 in Tulsa. The Williams Marathon events include the marathon (26.2 miles), a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a 5K (3.1 miles), the one-mile fun run, marathon and half-marathon relays and wheel chair events. 
The youngest participant from Claremore, 13-year-old Kayla Shisler, placed 11th out of 32 runners in the “under 14” division. There were several family groups that participated in the various events, including the Raslan Ilgushenko family, the Rex Crumpton family and the Ruperto Aquilar family. 
Cheryl Coleman, of Claremore, placed second in the 55-59 age group in the 5K.
Ray Latanza, 70, of Claremore, finished first in his age group (70-74) in the 5K in a time of 25 minutes, which calculates to an 8 minute mile. 
Latanza is a personal trainer who spends much of his time working with residents at the Claremore Recreation Center. He has worked as a personal trainer for 15 years and has ran competitively for more than 35 years.
“I’ve trained all ages from 12-year-olds to 90-year-olds. No matter how old you are, it’s important to keep moving,” he said.  
Other than this year, Latanza has participated in the Tulsa Run every year since it first began in 1978, and has qualified for marathons all over the world, including the Boston Marathon.
Running is something people do to stay healthy, but for those who run for a hobby, it’s that and much more.
Local runner and participant in the recent Williams Marathon, Mack Greever, said the difference between an “occasional runner” and a hobbyist is the commitment to training to improve as a runner. Greever, 70, finished first in the 70-74 age division and placed 1,056 out of 6,000 runners at the Williams half marathon. 
He said he was 68-years-old when he ran his first half marathon in Phoenix, Ariz. and has participated in the Tulsa Run (nine miles) several times over the years.

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