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"Some of the people in there were delirious. They didn't know what was going on," Cronk, 48, said. "I was lucid."
Cronk knew that in order to finish the race in an hour, he would have to run 8-minute miles.
He was on time when he checked his watch with two miles to go, but the end of the race was a little sketchy.
For Christina Vensel, things began falling apart after the first mile when she badly sprained her right ankle. She skipped the next five miles then dragged her injured leg the rest of the way.
"I just said, `OK, Christina, use your brain cells and figure this one out. How are you going to finish this race?"' Vensel said.
The 31-year-old Spokane Public Schools lunch lady actually beat her previous time, finishing in 1:21. Of course, last year she finished on sprained ankles.
"Not too bad for not training," she said.