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December 5, 2011
Kenya's Monyenye wins men's California International Marathon
Kenya's Erick Monyenye pulled away from the leaders' pack just before mile 19 and won the 29th annual California International Marathon Sunday morning, crossing the finish line at 9th and Capitol in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds.
Ethiopia's Serkalem Biset Abrha won the women's race with a late kick, finishing in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds.
It was a successful day for American runners trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Eight U.S. men, including Roseville resident Tim Tollefson, ran under the 2:19 cutoff to qualify for the Trials, which will be held next month in Houston. Twenty-five U.S. women beat the 2:46 standard to qualify.
About 6,000 marathoners started the 26.2-mile event near Folsom Dam at 7 a.m., where temperatures were a brisk 28 degrees at start time. It warmed throughout the morning, though several of the top runners crossed the finish line coughing.(31 images)



Runners head down the final stretch towards the finish line down L Street during the 29th annual California International Marathon. Sunday, December 4, 2011. Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com


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Runners wait for the start of the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A runner checks a porta-pottie at the start of the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A runner waits for the start of the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A runners warms up for the start of the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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The wheelchair participants start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Participants start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Participants start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Folsom firefighters cheer on the runners at start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A Folsom firefighter cheers on the runners at start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A participant high-fives a Folsom firefighter at start the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners head through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners head through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Volunteers hand out liquids to runners as they run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Volunteers hand out liquids to runners as they run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners make their way through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Colorful socks adorn a runner as she runs through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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A runner waves to the crowd in Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Wings and a halo adorn a runner headed through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners take a corner in Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Both feet are off the ground as this runner makes his way through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Zach Davis of Bella Vista HIgh School, plays in the band for runners moving through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Empty cups litter the roadway as runners head through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Runners run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. Brian Baer / Special to The Bee



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Taylor Porter, 7, cheers on her dad, Doug Porter, with her mom, Gina Porter, right, of Walnut Creek as runners head down the final stretch on L Street during the 29th annual California International Marathon. Sunday, December 4, 2011. Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com



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Runners pass the state Capitol on the final stretch to the finish during the annual California International Marathon. Sunday, December 4, 2011. Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com



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Ethiopia's Serkalem Biset Abrha won the women's race with a late kick, finishing in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds at the annual California International Marathon. Sunday, December 4, 2011. Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com



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Erick Monyenye of Kenya talks with media after winning the 29th annual California International Marathon on Sunday, December 4, 2011 with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds. Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com



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