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  • MARATHON UPDATE: Inaugural race is complete

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  • Check here throughout the Canton Marathon for updates from our reporters in the field:
    1:40 p.m.: Last one
    The last participant has crossed the finish line.
    Barbara Hamstreet of Austin, Texas, got a warm greeting after completing the marathon course in about 7 hours, 20 minutes.
    Hamstreet, who is hearing impaired, was emotional upon her finish, indicating the course was hilly. “It was very hard,” she wrote for a reporter.
    1:20 p.m.: Wrap it up
    Around 1:20 p.m., race officials said the pace walker had crossed the line, officially ending the race. There are three participants still on the course and closing in the on the finish.
    12:40 p.m.: Check out our photo galleries
    Galleries of photos from around the course are starting to get on CantonRep.com, thanks to our photographers. See the galleries here.
    10:50 a.m.: Trickling in
    Marathon runners still are trickling into Fawcett Stadium to finish the race. Race organizers expect to have the entire course closed by around 1 p.m.
    10:30 a.m.: Price is not right
    Drew Carey, host of "The Price Is Right" and rumored to be running the Canton Marathon, just tweeted that he did not run the Canton Marathon. He said he isn't even in Ohio.
    9:50 a.m.: More rain
    Much of the marathon course has experienced a "quick downpour" according to people tweeting along the route.
    9:35 a.m.: Getting wet
    Rain has started to fall on marathon runners at Wales and Fulton in Jackson Township.
    9:15 a.m.: Woodward is top woman
    Beth Woodward has won the women's full marathon race.
    8:55 a.m.: Baum is marathon winner
    Former Malone University distance standout Justin Baum has won the Canton Marathon.
    Baum won in a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes.
    8:50 a.m.: Out of water at third relay point
    Water and Gatorade are out at Relay Point 3 (Kent State Stark campus). Runners have to wait another half-mile at mile 13 to quench their thirst.
    8:45 a.m.: A mile to go
    The first marathon runner has reached the 1-mile-to-go point at Fulton and Midvale.
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    8:30 a.m.: Marathon runners closing in
    The marathon winner is expected at Fawcett Stadium in 10 to 15 minutes. Watch the video feed from the finish line here.
    8:20 a.m.: 'One more mile to the beer'
    “One more mile to the beer,” Tony Willis called out, slapping five with the runners going by.
    “Looking good, looking good.”
    Standing curbside in his glowing neon orange shirt and Hemingway beard, Tony was impossible to miss.
    He used to be a runner until knee problems forced him to take up bicycling, he said.
    On Sunday morning, the Canton resident and his son, Jeff Willis, of Columbus, were a two-man rolling cheering section, as they biked around the marathon course.
    They had three relatives running the race, but cheered on everyone.
    “Way to go girls. Way to go. Looking good,” Tony called out.
    Midvale and Fulton, where a long hill tested runners at the start of the final mile, was the fourth stop for Tony and Jeff.
    “The last mile’s downhill,” Tony joked with the 10k runners.
    The runners laughed.
    It was only one more mile to the beer.
    8:20 a.m.: Getting there
    The lead marathon runners have passed Mile 20, which is near Stuhldreher Park in Jackson Township.
    8:15 a.m.: Wheelchair winner
    The winner is in for the wheelchair race.
    7:45 a.m.: Eagle pride
    Former GlenOak, Malone College runner Ryan Kienzle is the men's half-marathon winner. The women's winner is from Brazil.
    7:40 a.m.: Halfway there
    Marathon runners are nearing Mile 13 and the halfway mark of the Canton Marathon.
    7:35 a.m.: Fans take in scene along Fulton
    At the junction of Fulton Drive and Hills & Dales Road NW a trio of fans staked out early seats to cheer on their family members.
    John Van Koughnet and his daughter, Maya, came from Massillon to watch John's brother-in-law, Ryan Patton, who was running the half marathon.
    “We figured he’d be coming around the corner. We got water out there for him,” John said, as Maya sat curbside with cups and a bottle.
    A few feet away, Sue Conneely of Jackson Township read a book on her Kindle while she waited for her son, Matt Conneely, to round the bend.
    Page 3 of 6 - He had emailed her a picture of what he was wearing and she hoped she’d be able to pick him out of the crowd and cheer him on before the long hill leading to the finish.
    “He doesn't think it will be too bad ,” she said of the hill.
    7:30 a.m.: Half-marathon winner
    The first half-marathon participant has crossed the finish line at Fawcett Stadium.
    7:25 a.m.: More on 10K winners
    Check out our short story on the 10K winners. Check back for more. The women's winner is a Carrollton native.
    7:10 a.m.: First 10K runner is in
    The first Canton Marathon finisher has reached Fawcett Stadium. Watch the live video.
    7 a.m.: They are flying
    The lead wheelchair racer is passing through the Kent State Stark campus.
    7 a.m.: MCC leads relay race
    The relay team MCC (for Malone cross country) was the first to reach the first relay point at First Friends Church in North Canton.
    “It feels good, I’ve been training for a while,” said team member Matt McDonnell, who ran the first leg.
    6:55 a.m.: Marathon on social media
    Plenty of folks are taking to social media to talk about the race. Check out our compilation of tweets, posts and other social media alerts regarding the Canton Marathon.
    6:50 a.m.: Moving along
    The marathon runners are heading through downtown Canton.
    Wheelchair racers have hit First Friends Church at Market Avenue and 55th Street NW.
    6:50 a.m.: Not TOO hot
    Dr. Mike Zorko from Aultman Hospital is overseeing the first aid for the Canton Marathon and said the wet ball test — the measure of humidity in the air — just prior to the race was a 56.
    "It was good," Zorko said. "Anything above a 67, 68 you have to think about calling off the race because it's too hot and humid."
    The first aid tent inside Fawcett Stadium is staffed by four doctors among other medical personnel as well as chiropractors from Novelli Chiropractors. There are additional first aid stations spread throughout the 26.2 mile course.
    6:45 a.m.: Moon over Parma?
    A race official told The Repository that someone named Drew Carey is running the Canton Marathon.
    Page 4 of 6 - Whether that is “the” Drew Carey — i.e., the native Cleveland comedian who is host of “The Price Is Right” on CBS — could not be confirmed.
    Carey has written about running on his personal blog.
    6:35 a.m.: Words of encouragement
    Race director Rob Steinberg shouted words of encouragement to runners as they crossed the starting line and headed out onto the course.
    He thanked runners for participating in the inaugural event.
    6:30 a.m.: 10K race has started
    The 10K race has started in Monument Park.
    6:20 a.m.: See you in 26.2 miles
    The marathon, half-marathon and relay races have started. The 2012 Canton Marathon is underway.
    6:10 a.m.: Wheelchair race underway
    Eight entries in the wheelchair race have started. The marathon is set for a 6:20 start.
    6:05 a.m.: Latest start times
    Start times have been pushed back again because of traffic tie-ups delaying arrival for many runners.
    The marathon, relay and half-marathon will start at 6:20, with the 10K at 6:30. The wheelchair race goes first at 6:10
    6 a.m.: Oops
    The word "inaugural" is misspelled on all 5,000-plus bibs issued by the Canton Marathon. An extra "n" is the problem.
    5:58 a.m.: Bib colors
    If you want to know which race a runner is doing, look at their bib.
    Runners doing the marathon have green race bibs. Those doing the half marathon sport a red bib. And those in the 10k have blue bibs.
    Relay participants have a greyish color.
    5:55 a.m.: Weather update
    A line of heavy rain is forming near Mansfield, about 60 miles west of Canton. Check CantonRep.com/weather for the latest.
    5:45 a.m.: Runners gathering for start
    Runners are starting to gather by Pro Football Hall of Fame and Fawcett Stadium.
    They will be taken in groups to the starting line and positioned by expected pace times.
    5:30 a.m.: Starts delayed by 10 minutes
    The start times of today’s race have been delayed to allow everyone time to get to the starting line. Traffic tie-ups are being reported near Fawcett Stadium and at the Stark County fairgrounds, where many racers are parking and shuttling to the start in Monument Park.
    The wheelchair race will begin at 6 a.m. instead of 5:50 a.m.
    The marathon, half-marathon and relay races will begin at 6:10 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.
    And the 10K race will begin at 6:25 a.m.
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    Sunday’s forecast from AccuWeather.com is calling for a high of 82 degrees. That is expected to come around 2 p.m.
    At 6 a.m. when the Canton Marathon races will get under way, the temperature will be 66 degrees.
    It will be 67 degrees at 7 a.m. and 69 degrees at 8 a.m. By 10 a.m., it should jump to 76 degrees and reach 80 degrees by noon.
    Rain is expected by 3 p.m., according to Accuweather.com. Check CantonRep.com/weather for the latest.
    5 a.m., race day
    Runners have started to gather around the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the Canton Marathon. The wheelchair race starts at 5:50 a.m. with the main race starting at 6.
    Several roads have already been closed off in the area, including 12th Street at Monument Park.
    4 p.m., 6/15/12
    Race participants are picking up their race packets and taking advantage of the Fitness & Health Expo under way at the Memorial Civic Center until 8 p.m. tonight. The Expo also runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Saturday's events also include the Ultimate Marathon Dash for children, ages 3-11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fawcett Stadium.
    As of 3:45 p.m., only two runners had opted to defer their participation to next year's race, an option being offered because of a weather forecast predicted high heat and humidity on Sunday.
    8:30 a.m., 6/15/12
    The latest race day forecast from AccuWeather: Saturday night's low, 64 degrees; Sunday's high, 86, with clouds and sunshine. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 mph, gusting to 17 mph. The sun will rise at 5:54 a.m., just in time for the races to begin. Get the latest local weather updates at CantonRep.com/weather
    8 p.m., 6/14/12
    Due to a forecast of temperatures in the mid-80s for Sunday’s Canton Marathon, registered full marathoners are being offered the option to defer their entry for a year to the 2013 event or switch to the half marathon.
    Full marathon runners deferring to 2013 need to pick up their bib at the Canton Marathon Expo events on Friday or Saturday and return it to the Solutions table at the registration area. There is a $10 cost and racers will not receive any premiums (shirt, medal, etc.) from the 2012 marathon. There is no cost to switch to the half marathon.
    Those already entered in the half marathon, 10K and relays may change to a different race at a cost of $10 by going to the Canton Marathon Expo events on Friday or Saturday and returning their race bibs to the Solutions table at the registration area.
    Page 6 of 6 - 4 p.m., 6/14/12
    Here at CantonRep.com and The Repository, we are finalizing our plans for coverage of the 2012 Canton Marathon.
    We will have eight reporters, four photographers and a videographer blanketing the race routes on Sunday.
    Watch for regular updates here at CantonRep.com/marathon and on Twitter @cantonrepdotcom #CantonMarathon.
    We plan to offer a link to a live video feed of the race finish as well as complete race results.
    Upload your own photos from the race at Local Loop, or post them on Facebook or Twitter, where they could be added to our Storify coverage of the races.
    2 p.m., 6/14/12
    Welcome to CantonRep.com's blog coverage of the Canton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K road races.
    Don't miss the special section devoted to the marathon in today's print edition of The Repository and online at www.cantonrep.com/marathon.
    On race day, check here for the latest reports on race preparations, the weather, in-race updates and the results. Or follow us on Twitter @cantonrepdotcom #CantonMarathon.
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