Carolyn Fruth, a 44-year-old mother of two, led the Rim Country charge at P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Fruth covered the 26-mile, 385-yard Valley-area course in 3:39.24 to turn in the best clocking of the five Rim runners who entered the prestigious event.
She was 211th among the more than 15,000 women who entered the race.
“That’s outstanding for a woman who works full time, has two kids to look after and a needy husband,” said her husband Tim Fruth.
In the half-marathon event of the Rock ‘n’ Roll, Doug Freeman and Vanessa Prileson were the two fastest locals among 18 Payson runners. The 25-year-old Prileson was timed in 1:57.46 and Freeman, 41, turned in an ET of 1:59.08.
The annual run — held Jan. 18 on streets winding through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe — drew 34,800 entrants plus 3,300 more in the Kids Rock 1-mile, making it the largest combination marathon and half-marathon in the world.
Other marathon runners from the Rim Country were Jacob Cannon (4:25.13), Justin Henderson (4:32.53), Judy Perham (6:30.04) and Laura Ritter (6:30.02).
In the half-marathon, Payson was represented by Jannette Boeck (3:33.33), Rachelle Christian (2:21.48), Mike Foil (2:07.07), Doug Freeman (1:59.08), Debra Gerard (3:42.15), Cynthia Gilroy (3:42.11), Sarah Hummer (2:00.24), David Humphries (2:06.40), Ann Leonard (3:13.05), Steve Smith (2:48.33), Heather Stroops (2:48.33), Christie Varner (2:23.06), Charles Wilcox (3:30.08), Dean Wiley (4:28.31), Stacy Wiley (4:28:28), Danielle Yocum (2:18.10) and Crystal Young (2:35.32).
Kenya’s Moses Kigen won the marathon in 2:10. 36, one-half a second ahead of Ethiopia’s Tekeste Kebede.
Two-time defending champion Adenech Zekiros of Ethiopia did not finish due to a leg injury. Ukraine’s Olena Shurkno won the run in 2:31.22.