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Stamps Mallon wins Santa Rosa Marathon

  • Julia Stamps Mallon wins the Santa Rosa Marathon at Juilliard Park on Sunday, August 28, 2011, in Santa Rosa, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Hometown athlete Julia Stamps Mallon won the Santa Rosa Marathon Sunday morning, and she ran fast enough to qualify for an Olympic bid.

Mallon, 32, posted a 2:44:16 for the 26.2-mile course.

"I felt good," said Mallon, 32, soon after finishing. "It's awesome to be running here in town."

Mallon now plans to race in Houston in January in the Olympic marathon trials.

The former star Santa Rosa High School runner was also a six-year All-American at Stanford University and has been running and winning marathons repeatedly in the past several years.

Sunday, the local favorite was one of about 1,800 people participating in the Santa Rosa races.

It was the third annual Santa Rosa Marathon, an event that has grown markedly since its inception.

This year, it also earned the cachet of being a qualifying race for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Race organizers did not release a number of total qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

One of Sunday's runners was Boston resident Nick Pelletier.

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