CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston residents dominated the 10K race held Saturday, March 21st in Cape Girardeau. Proceeds from the 1st Annual Run for a Child will help CASA train more volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Southeast Missouri.
Adam Lofton took the overall title by outrunning his personal coach, duathlete, Delbert Marriott. Adam is a volunteer coach for the Kelly track team where he was a six-time all-state track and cross country runner.
"Adam has as much potential as any Olympic athlete and with the right training, will be a very successful runner," said Marriott. "He (Adam) has the same characteristics and running mechanics as the great Lasse Viren. What he accomplished in high school is nothing compared to what the future holds for him as a runner."
Second to cross the finish line was Marriott, also of Sikeston. Marriott, using the race as training for the Duathlon National Championships in May, described the race as cold, windy, and very hilly.
"This was a great course for me to do because it closely resembles the terrain of the duathlon national's course," he said.
Racing for CycleWerx, Marriott's next training race is a criterium (cycling race) in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday.
Marriott's goal is to win the title of Duathlon National Champion 2006.