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Runners participate in the ‘Fly with the Eagles’ half marathon

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Fly with the eagles

CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Despite chilly temperatures Saturday morning, hundreds of runners took part in the 14th annual 'Fly with the Eagles' half marathon.

The 13.1 mile course loops through the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge.

Over the years, many eagles have made the area their home. Thus, the inspiration for the race's name.

Organizer Sara Goff says while weather does play a role in turnout, they are seeing a growing number of people participate each year.

Athletes are from throughout the region but the run is mostly made up of local racers, who bring a sense of community with them.

"We do have some people that do it for competitive, that are competitive at it," Goff explains. "But there's definitively a community vibe to it."

One of those local participants is Matt Brown from Carterville. Fly with the Eagles marks his first half marathon.

"The wife talked me into it, so I'm excited," Brown says. "I'm glad my first half marathon will be a local. I kinda grew up out here, so this is nice."

Adam Unverfehrt from Centralia crossed the finish line first in an hour and 23 minutes.

A full list of race results can be found here.

Brooke Schlyer

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