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Perfect trip

Illinois’ Andrew Mullen visited the Rogue Valley to enjoy the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and run in the inaugural Providence Rogue Run marathon.

He walked away with his first 26.2-mile victory in 13 career attempts and a $1,000 prize on Sunday.

The 41-year-old Mullen, who is from Oak Park, Ill., won in a time of 3 hours, 6 minutes, 8 seconds. He was faster than 138 other finishers.

The Providence Rogue Run is a Boston Marathon qualifier. It begins at Emigrant Lake outside of Ashland and runs along Highway 66 to East Main Street. It then winds through Ashland until it connects with the Bear Creek Greenway. The remainder of the course runs on the Greenway, passing through Talent, Phoenix and Medford before finishing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point.

Canby’s Darren Goff was second (3:09:11) and Lucas Lembrick, a mathematics professor at Columbia Gorge Community College, was third (3:12:13).

Mullen said he made his move around Mile 21.

“I kept going as far as I could until the end,” said Mullen, who praised the flat course.

Jacksonville’s Sarah Ziegler, 27, was the first female finisher and came in fourth overall (3:13.23). She claimed $1,000 for her efforts. Vanessa Miller was second among women and 12th overall (3:32.43).

Goff and Miller secured $500 for second place.

Patrick Geoghegan of Portland won the Rogue Run Half Marathon in 1:07.40. Trae Richardson was second (1:15:10) and Kellen Ague-Kneeland third (1:16:06).

Juliane Accurso was the first female to finish the half and was sixth overall (1:17:48).

Providence Rogue Run Marathon

Top 25

1, Andrew Mullen, 3:06:08; 2, Darren Goff, 3:09:11; 3, Lucas Lembrick, 3:12:13; 4, Sarah Ziegler, 3:13:23; 5, Robert Hammitt, 3:14:02; 6, Tim South, 3:14:22; 7, Sean Johnson, 3:18:38; 8, Gregorio Alegria, 3:21:13; 9, Tyler Morris, 3:26:19; 10, Andy Dean, 3:26:41; 11, James Dunning, 3:27:11; 12, Vanessa Miller, 3:32:43; 13, Jared Fuhriman, 3:33:37; 14, Steven Wyatt, 3:35:01; 15, Lorelei Phillips, 3:36:10; 16, Kristina Alvarez, 3:39:01; 17, Christi Watts, 3:41:29; 18, Breianon Hamer, 3:43:31; 19, Brad Brown, 3:44:35; 20, Lauren Goldstein, 3:44:54; 21, Jennifer Podolak, 3:45:19; 22, Russell Metteer, 3:46:01; 23, Matthew Tiscornia, 3:46:21; 24, Tracey Duchek, 3:46:57; 25, Neil McAuley, 3:47:41.

Rogue Run Half Marathon

Top 25

1, Patrick Geoghegan, 1:07:40; 2, Trae Richardson, 1:15:10; 3, Kellen Ague-Kneeland, 1:16:06; 4, Eric Collins, 1:17:28; 5, Jon Buel, 1:17:41; 6, Juliane Accurso, 1:17:48; 7, Camelia Mayfield, 1:19:05; 8, Matthew Kidwell, 1:19:58; 9, Laura Cadiz, 1:20:56; 10, Fionna Fallon, 1:24:23; 11, Dani Reese, 1:26:06; 12, Michelle Lines, 1:26:40; 13, Phil Dillenburg, 1:27:36; 14, Eric Laurel, 1:28:32; 15, Kierra Huggins, 1:28:50; 16, Kristin Peterson, 1:29:40; 17, Shasta Zielke, 1:29:49; 18, Sebastian Antczak, 1:30:05; 19, Eric Utz, 1:30:05; 20, Maggie Donovan, 1:30:11; 21, Dan Neitz, 1:30:17; 22, Brittany Manwill, 1:30:59; 23, Maciej Simm, 1:31:18; 24, Dominique Lopez-Stickney, 1:31:31; 25, David Jordan, 1:31:52.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com. Find him on Twitter at danjonesmt

Andrew Mullen raises his arms in victory after winning the Providence Rogue Run marathon on Sunday. PHOTOS BY ANDY ATKINSON
Julianne Accurso (front) and Camelia Mayfield run side-by-side midway through the Rogue Run Half Marathon on Sunday. Accurso finished first and Mayfield second among women.