Posted by: Joe English | March 28, 2011

Races — Aikman Runs; Gomez & Cook Win 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon

running-advice-bugDallas, TX –– Cool, overcast skies greeted nearly 14,000 entrants for the second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Amongst the largest half-marathon field in Dallas history was NFL legend Troy Aikman, the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman, who completed the half marathon in 1 hour, 48 minutes and 11 seconds, was inspired by his personal connection to the event’s charitable tie with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Troy Aikman Running Rock N Roll Dallas 2011

“It was a perfect day for running,” said Aikman, who was participating in his second half-marathon. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so it’s wonderful that Komen does such great work raising a lot of money and bringing awareness to breast cancer. To have the half marathon here and to get so many people to participate, and to the people who came out to support the event along the way, was amazing. There were no real dead spots for 13 miles. Dallas is a great place and I’m glad its home for me.”

Mexico Olympian Carlos Cordero Gomez made his first road race in the U.S. a memorable one, taking the lead from the start to win the men’s half marathon in 1:03:58. Gomez set the tone early, commanding a huge gap with a 4:36 opening mile and 5k split of 15:01.

“It was tough running out there all by myself, but this was my first race in the U.S. and the bands and cheerleaders along the course were great. I loved it,” said Gomez, who finished 32nd in the marathon at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and is preparing for the London Marathon.

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