Hundreds packed the Delano District Sunday morning for the Chisholm Trail Marathon. It’s the first year for the event. It is a qualifier for the Boston & New York marathons and is also an Olympic trial qualifier.
Olympic Boxer Nico Hernandez officially started the marathon at 7:30 a.m. sending runners on their way through Wichita, starting on Douglas.
“It’s really exciting to see a huge turnout and so many people are here to be a part of it,“ said Abbie Scott, Newman University student volunteering at the marathon.
KSN Reporter and anchor Carly Willis is running in the race. It’s the third time she’s run a marathon but her first at home. Just a few minutes before the race, she said she was feeling excited.
“I’m the normal amount of nervous. I’m really excited, really excited to see my family along the course, excited to see KSN out here,“ said Willis.
Runners from 37 states and 2 other countries came to Wichita for the inaugural event.
The runners will follow Douglas through Wichita, turning north on Linden drive, then west on Central. At Woodlawn runners turn south and head west on Second Street, before turning south on Waco. Full marathon runners will make two loops of the route. Half marathon runners will run one loop.
Supporters lined the route along Douglas and the six-mile mark near Douglas & Linden, cheering, holding signs and ringing a bell.
“They’ve worked very, very hard to get here. It’s been months and months of training,“ said Glenn, a supporter near the 6-mile mark. “They need some support so we’re training them on.“
Christopher Mocko, of Boulder Colo., was the first marathon runner to cross the finish line with an unofficial time of 2:21:21.
Will Donelson, of Bel Aire, was the first half marathon runner to cross the finish line with an unofficial time of 1:13:25.
You can follow the Chisholm Trail Marathon race results here.