4,000-plus compete in PNC Milwaukee Running Festival

Four races held on city streets over weekend

MILWAUKEE -- Some tired runners are back at home recuperating Sunday after participating in the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival over the weekend.

The series of races drew more than 4,000 runners from 41 states and four countries, culminating with Sunday’s marathon.

David Tuwei of Minneapolis, Minnesota, won the men’s marathon in a time of 2:22:53. Pauline Mutwa of Minneapolis took the women’s marathon crown with a time of 2:44:11.

Executive race director Chris Ponteri points out the entire course was certified by the U.S.A Track and Field Association, which allowed runners like Milwaukee’s Rick Stefanovic to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

"It means a little more to have a qualifier right here in Milwaukee,” said Stefanovic, who will be competing in Boston for the 25th time. “This is a very nice course that somewhat duplicates that course, some of the difficulty of Boston, in that it's relatively hilly.”

More than 300 runners participated in the Milwaukee Miler Race on Saturday.

A half-marathon and a 5K race were also contested over the weekend.

Race officials say this year marked the first time a full marathon was routed entirely through Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and landmarks.

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