Four-time Boston and New York City marathon winner Bill Rodgers won th
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Four-time Boston and New York City marathon winner Bill Rodgers won the 10th annual Perrier 10-kilometer run Sunday, leading a field of 3,000 through streets lined with Christmas shoppers and spectators.
The 37-year-old Rodgers of Sherbourne, Mass., finished with a time of 29:14. In second place was John Koning of Newport Beach in 29:21, followed by Gary Tuttle of Ventura, 29:26.
Robyn Root of Paso Robles won the women’s division in 33:28, followed by Mary Tracey of Santa Monica, 34:36, and Kathy Kanes of Pasadena, 35:00.
The 6.2-mile route included fashionable Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, home to some of the most exclusive shops in Southern California. With only 17 shopping days left until Christmas, police said a large crowd turned out but had no official estimate.
Perrier spokeswoman Jane Lazgin also had no crowd estimate for the race, which started and finished in front of Beverly Hills High School.
Rodgers, who also ran in the 1976 Olympic marathon, and Root each won a silver cup, Perrier apparel and a year’s supply of Perrier mineral water, Lazgin said.
The 10K was preceded by a five-kilometer run featuring waiters dressed in black tie and carrying trays each holding an open bottle of Perrier. That race was won by Mike Dubuc of Vancouver, B.C., Canada in a time of 17:40, Lazgin said.
″We believe that will qualify him for the Guinness world record,″ she said. ″I believe that (old record) was 17:50.″
Contest rules specify that the waiters cannot spill any measurable amount of Perrier during the 3.1-mile event.