Before the warm air lifted into thunderclouds and lightning, 69 runners heated up the roads in Ashland Saturday morning for the inaugural Pompadour Half Marathon.
The race covered a challenging, hilly course that circled the north side of Ashland and crossed the freeway four times.
Pear Blossom runner-up Glen Tucker took an early lead and stormed the 13.1 miles in an impressive 1:16:36, winning by 61/2 minutes over second-place finisher John Leuthold.
"I love courses like this — it keeps you honest when you finish," said Tucker, who recently moved to Medford from Utah.
Ashland's Jenn Shelton, who is on a local winning streak, was the first woman across the finish line in 1:31:54. She wore a pompadour hairstyle that was a popular trend at the water stations along the course.
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