Jordan takes top female honors in Pensacola marathon
By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
Young and old showed up at the second annual Pensacola Marathon where several Brewton residents took top spots at Sunday's race.
Rebecca Jordan, 27, is a third grade teacher at W.S. Neal Elementary School. She was the overall winner in the female division finishing with a time of three hours, 25 minutes and seven seconds. Jordan ran 26 out of 258 who finished the race and broke her personal goal.
Jordan has been tirelessly training for the marathon, often pushing the treadmill at the Brewton YMCA to its speed limit. She said she had been trying to break 3 hours, 30 minutes for some time and she couldn't be happier.
Jordan was not the only person from Brewton who ran in the marathon. Olin “Buck” Farrior, 51, finished fifth out of 21 in his age group division of 50-54 and was very pleased with his time of three hours, 35 minutes and 38 seconds. He was so pleased with his outcome in this marathon he's thinking of running in another one.
Farrior, who was running his second marathon, said he bested his last time by 40 minutes.
Michael Hunt, 18, also from Brewton, finished first out of four in his age division of 15-19 with a time of three hours, 47 minutes and 23 seconds, while Scott Huff, 45, of Brewton finished 262 in a field of 431 in the half marathon race.
This year the marathon took place on the east side of the city and included the hills along Scenic Highway, which was a little different than last year when it was run over the level land west of the city.
The second Pensacola Marathon attracted almost 700 entrants for the Sunday run and included the 26.2-mile marathon, the 13-mile half marathon, the wheelchair and the wheelchair-hand cycle events. The weather cooperated, giving the runners temperatures in the 40s.