Photo via runDisney
Photo via runDisney

Alex de la Huerta successfully defended her title in Sunday’s second annual Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, while Pedro Manuel Lemus Reyes was the men’s winner in the race through the Disneyland Resort and surrounding areas.

De la Huerta of Mexico City completed the 13.1 mile course in one hour, 22 minutes, 24 seconds, topping her time of 1:22:42 in last year’s race. Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico was second for the second consecutive year, finishing in 1:28:29. Jenessa Rose of Carlsbad was third in 1:28:58.

“I could not be happier with winning again this year,” de la Huerta said. “I always enjoy the great atmosphere of running in this race. The cheer of the fans all along the way makes me feel as if I am not in a competition and I can just have fun, which is incredible.”

Reyes, of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico won in 1:11:06. Nicholas Bowerman of Arlington Heights, Illinois was second in 1:11.44 and Chris Trebilcock of Tampa, Florida third in 1:14.42.

“It was a very nice race,” Reyes said. “I really enjoyed all the support from the crowds of children, families and Disney cast cheering all along the course.”

The course, billed by organizers as “the most extraordinary course on Earth,” began on Disneyland Drive, passed Downtown Disney and went through Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland.

Runners passed the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and The Outlets at Orange shopping center in Orange, and ran through Angel Stadium. The course passed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and concluded near the Disneyland Hotel.

Approximately 13,500 runners registered for the race, including approximately 6,000 who also registered for Saturday’s inaugural Captain American 10K, according to runDisney, which organizes a series of races at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.

The half-marathon concluded a series of weekend events that also included the Avengers Super Heroes 5K and races of 400 meters or less for children 8 years old and under.

— City News Service

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