Illinois Marathon final finisher "happy to run"

Published 04/27 2013 05:16PM

Updated 04/29 2013 11:04AM

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- It's not always about winning. Sometimes a runner just wants to finish the race. Police escorted a smiling Kris Holtman across the finish line just before 3 pm Saturday.

Holtman ran for nearly eight hours. She says she feels lucky just to run.

"I am so pleased that you guys had it because of all the problems we've had in the last couple weeks and stuff," said Holtman, fresh from the finish line. "I was just blessed that you stuck to it."

This is Holtman's second marathon. She ran her first at the quad cities four years ago.

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