Fleck First in Marion Tri

    Jeanne Fleck of Proctor was the women’s winner in Sunday’s second Lake Marion Triathlon in Lakeville, Minn. Dennis Dane, 29, of Golden Valley, Minn., was first overall in a field of 290 in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 56 seconds for an .8-kilometer swim, 22.5K bike and 5K run. Fleck, 44, set the women’s masters course record in 1:16:03. It was her third overall win in 2009.

     Also, the winners of the 2009 Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon on June 20, gained victories in Sunday’s 32nd America’s Finest City Half-Marathon in San Diego, Calif. Ernest Kebenei, 24, of Kenya led a record field of 8,200 in 1:04:01 and Belainesh Gebre, 21, of Ethiopia took the women’s title in 1:10:49.

     Gebre took the lead from the start and never relinquished it. "It was perfect weather and I’ve been training hard," Gebre told Running USA. "I had a knee injury last year, but this year I am fine." Her time was the third fastest ever recorded in the event’s history.