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.

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.

For complete results, visit Rouge Valley Runners blog at http://roguevalleyrunners.blogspot.com/

Reach freelance writer/photographer Andy Atkinson at andya@roguephoto.net.