Thousands of runners covered the streets of downtown Chapel Hill and the UNC campus last Saturday as they took part in the Tar Heel 10-mile and Feet Feet 4-mile road races.
The largest running events in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, the annual races drew more than 5,000 entrants this year, and the top finishers featured several familiar names from the state’s running community.
Ethan Lievense won the Tar Heel 10 with his time of 54:22.97, with Tibor Veigh (54:47) in second and Tim Nichols (55:00) in third. Lievense, 24, of Chapel Hill, was captain of the cross-country and track teams when he lettered at Central Michigan.
Former Wake Forest runner Kristin Weisse, 25, won the women’s division of the 10-miler with a time of 1:01:18. Amanda Lopiccolo (1:01:45) was second and Erin Hegarty (1:03:07) third.
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Sam Montclair was first in the Fleet Feet 4 with his time of 21:43.42. Montclair, 24, who ran for Southern Connecticut State as an undergrad, was followed across the line by last year’s Fleet Feet 4 winner Dave Mabe, 41, who ran a 22:57 Saturday. Joseph Graden, 17, was third in 23:24.
Former Olympian Joan Nesbit Mabe, age 54, repeated as the women’s 4-mile champion. Mabe, who also coaches the varsity runners at Chapel Hill High School, cruised to a second consecutive victory in the Fleet Feet event with a time of 26:24.79. Beth O’Donnell, 37, was second in 27:30, while Leslie Morgan was third in 27:20.
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