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Geno Phillips pulled off the runners' Chickamauga sweep Saturday morning, adding the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon victory to his Chickamauga Chase win of April 18.

The 38-year-old Brown Middle School geography teacher and running coach decided to run the marathon through the military park for the first time after winning the 15-kilometer spring race there. The newspaper report then noted that the Chase gave him wins in every major area race of half marathon distance and less since moving from Mississippi in 2002, "and I wanted to make it marathon on down," Phillips said Saturday.

His time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 6 seconds for the 26.2 miles bettered Hugh Enicks' win last year on the course now beginning and ending on Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe by more than five minutes.

The 50-year-old Enicks had won three of the last four years, finishing second in 2006, but did not participate Saturday because he has committed to competing with a local masters cross country team in a national meet in four weeks. He set a marathon personal best this year in Minnesota.

Phillips had run a 2:38:47 five weeks ago in the Chicago Marathon.

"I was a little worried about the five weeks. I wasn't sure if that was enough recovery time," he said. "But I felt good."

He received first aid after the race for a bleeding blister on his right foot, but even that didn't bother him, he said.

"I felt it pop at about 20 (miles), but in just a few seconds I quit thinking about it," Phillips said.

Tim Prichard of Decatur, Ga., also 38, finished second in 2:43:47, and Alan Outlaw was third in 2:51:35, followed by fellow Chattanoogan Sam Linhoss in 2:56:41, masters winner Tim Stewart (48) of Simpsonville, S.C., in 2:57:27 and Owen Speer of Roanoke, Va., in 2:57.51.

"Four of us were all together till halfway, then the two of us pulled away," Phillips said. "I broke away from (Prichard) at about 22."

Emily Anne Vall of Atlanta was the first female and seventh overall in 2:58:01, the race's best women's time in more than a decade.

That was the best marathon time for Vall, 32, who teaches health and wellness classes and also does "health-related research," she said. She ran collegiately for Florida Southern and coached at South Carolina while in graduate school.

This was her first marathon in a year and a half. A stress fracture in her foot forced some time off.

"It was really pretty," she said of the course. "A couple of my friends I work out with told me this was a good one, and not too far. I really liked it, and I feel good."

Signal Mountain's Emily Cooper, also 32, was the women's half marathon winner in 1:33:39, three minutes faster than her runner-up finish in the Scenic City Half Marathon in late February. It was the first 13.1-mile win in "five or six" tries or the former Emily Pyatt, who ran for Baylor and Carson-Newman College.

Knoxville's Greg Johnson was the men's winner in 1:22:46.

After registration for Saturday's races was closed two months ago with record response, 730 runners completed the half marathon and 453 finished the marathon.

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