Nearly 10,000 finish Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon Sunday

Nearly 10,000 runners and walkers zipped pass the 2016 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon finish line Sunday morning, marking the race's 10th year.

Oscar Ogwaro of Rome won the marathon, which was held at Centennial Olympic Park, with a leading time of 2:28:19, according to an Atlanta Track Club news release.

“I ran as hard as I can,” Ogwaro said in a written statement. “The last six miles was a fight against my legs. It was fun!”

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In the women’s marathon race, Kathleen Turchin of Buford broke the tape in 3:03:22.

In the closest finish of the day, Dan Swain of Narberth, Pa., won the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:11:06 ahead of Atlanta resident Dougie Coffed, who finished in 1:11:27.

Tara Mooney of Atlanta placed first for the women, crossing the finish line in 1:25:55.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Be Healthy Georgia Festival, for the first time, was held in conjunction with the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.

Hundreds of young runners participated in a one-mile fun run, for ages 7 to 14, and 50m dash, for ages 6 and younger, as a part of the Be Healthy festival, organized by Atlanta Track Club. The youth participants crossed the same finish line as the marathoners and half marathoners.

The winner of the 2016 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon poster design contest was also announced Sunday. Xiaomeng Yang’s design was featured on the awards for winners of the marathon and half marathon in the overall, masters and grandmasters divisions. Yang received a $1,000 scholarship for winning the contest, which was held in partnership with SCAD Atlanta.

For more on the 2016 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon results, visit