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Former CU Start Payton Batliner Wins 2007 Amica Insurance Breakers
LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND
– Payton Batliner of Boulder, Colorado, and Emmily Chelanga of Sleepy
Hollow, New York, were the top runners among the approximately 900 individuals
participating in the Amica Insurance Breakers Marathon 2007 today in
Newport, Rhode Island. The event, Rhode Island’s only marathon, is
a world-class destination race benefiting the Providence Ronald McDonald
Batliner finished first among
407 male runners with a time of 2:27:06. Chelanga won top honors among
250 female competitors by posting 2:56:34.
Second- and third-place men
were Keven O’Neil of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, with 2:30:33,
and John Piggot of Williamsburg, Virginia, with 2:32:18. Kelli Lusk
of Belchertown, Massachusetts, with 2:59:40, and Tracy Stewart-Phelan
of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with 3:02:40, were the second- and third-place
women finishers. All runners who completed the course received finishers’
The first-finishing relay team,
“Running Heritage,” posted 2:19:45. There were 53 relay teams comprised
of about 240 runners.
The marathon’s participants
represented 44 states and several nations, and the winners’ awards
were presented at the Newport Yachting Center.
The Amica Insurance Breakers
Marathon 2007 garnered strong community support, featured first-class
organization and a scenic rolling course – USATF-certified and a qualifier
for the Boston Marathon – through Middletown and Newport. Its organizers,
Don Allison and Danny Gough, also planned a “Kids’ Race” and partitioned
the marathon route into five legs for the relay team competition.
The 2007 Amica Insurance Breakers
Marathon supported grassroots marathon running by offering a prize money
purse for the first time – the marathon is in its fourth year –
as well as expense and travel money for qualified athletes. Top marathoners
were encouraged to apply for financial support for travel and lodging,
as well as an entry fee waiver if they met the following standards:
The prize money structure was
First Place $1,000
Age-group and in-state men and women
First 40 to 49 $200
Bobby Doyle, winner of the
first Ocean State Marathon in 1976, served as Honorary Starter and Grand
Marshal. Perhaps the most accomplished marathoner in Rhode Island history,
Doyle won the Ocean State Marathon six more times and recorded three
top-10 Boston Marathon finishes.
At the race, goodie bags with
Amica promotional items were given to all the runners, and employee
volunteers helped at the events’ themed water stops, registration
area, and finish line.
About the Providence Ronald
McDonald House and Amica
Since 1989, the Ronald McDonald
House of Providence, a non-profit organization, has provided a comfortable,
caring living environment for families with children who are receiving
medical care at local hospitals.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907 and is proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary of offering superior customer service to policyholders. The company is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary, offers a full range of life insurance products. Headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Amica employs more than 3,000 people in 39 offices across the country.