2 runners with Cincinnati ties win Flying Pig Half Marathon

CINCINNATI -- Two runners with Cincinnati ties claimed the top spots in Sunday's Flying Pig Half Marathon.

Tommy Kauffmann, who ran at Xavier University, won the men's division with a time of 1:08:32.

Lara Crofford, women's cross country and assistant track coach at the University of Cincinnati, won the women's division in 1:20:23.

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Kauffmann, 29, is from Mariemont and competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles last February. He now teaches at St. John XXIII School in Middletown. His message to students: "For the eighth graders, their projects are due Monday."

Crofford called the course "really tough." The Pennsylvania native spent her college career at the University of Nebraska.

Jake Kasperski and Matthew Behrensmeyers finished second and third in the men's half. Katie Lenahan and Kristen Leslie placed second and third among women. 

More than 12,000 runners were registered for Sunday's half-marathon. Last year's winners finished in 1:14:18 and 1:22:40 in the men's and women's half-marathons, respectively.

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