Rookie Runner Turns In Best Time At Columbus Marathon

UPDATED: Tuesday October 19, 2010 6:12 PM

Sunday's 31st annual Columbus Marathon featured a record-setting field and a record-setting time turned in by a rookie runner.

There was picture perfect weather for the 15,000 participants who hit the downtown pavement.

Not only was the event bigger than previous years, some runners said the city's marathon goes off like a world-class event.

"Every year Columbus is doing a better job, making this so much more professional," said Pickerington runner Bryan DeArdo.  "Great music the whole way. They really make it feel like a Boston or New York City marathon."

It was also a great day for the marathon winner.

Running in the first marathon of his life, Jason Ordway, of Bellbrook, finished the race with a time of 2:18:08.

With that finish, Ordway qualified for the olympic trials.

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