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COLUMBIA CITY â€” While winning the 5th Annual Veterans Marathon for the fifth time was a breeze for Justin Gillette, gusty winds made for some tough finishes for the 632 runners who took the streets in Columbia City Saturday.
Gillette, of Goshen, has won all five Veterans Marathons, this year a little slower than previous races in Columbia City.
Gillette finished the 26.2 miles in 2:42:51.93, 10:01 ahead of the second-place finisher, Grant Stieglitz, of Fort Wayne.
Saturdayâ€™s race was Stieglitzâ€™s 12 marathon this year â€” and also his fifth time at the Veterans Marathon, the race that began his marathon career.
Despite the wind, it was Stieglitzâ€™s second-fastest time for the course, which was slightly altered this year.
Instead of making a loop southeast of town and another west of town, runners completed the southeast loop twice. The adjustment allowed for better traffic control.
Windy conditions slowed many of the runners, including Gillette, who finished the race in 2:34:28.56 last year, nearly eight minutes faster than the 2013 event.
Several runners left positive comments on the Veterans Marathonâ€™s Facebook page.
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