Nick Hird wins marathon on University of Illinois campus


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Originally Posted Online: May 02, 2013, 5:34 pm
Last Updated: May 03, 2013, 12:03 am
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com

Nick Hird, a former running standout from Alleman High School, showed that his best days of pounding the pavement aren't behind him.

This past weekend, the 29-year-old, who now lives in Naperville, won the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. He cruised through the streets of Champaign and Urbana in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds. He averaged a 5:30 per mile pace for the race that winds through the University of Illinois campus and finishes at the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.

Hird, a former NCAA Div. III All-American at North Central College, where he is now coaching, won by nearly six minutes, beating runner-up Arturs Bareikis (2:29.42).

















 




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