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Five Times First, Zuber Dominates All 8 Tuff Miles

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Feb. 23, 2008 — With the rain pouring down, St. John's Jeremy Zuber streaked across the finish line ahead of everybody else at Saturday's 12th annual 8 Tuff Miles on St. John. This was his fifth first-place finish in a row at a race that in which 726 people from around the country crossed the finish line.
The race runs 8.375 miles from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay.
"It was tough," Zuber said just after finishing at the Coral Bay ballfield.
Zuber, 27, works at Caneel Bay Resort. He said with a time of 49 minutes and 23 seconds, he was a second behind his personal best. Zuber set the course record in 2006 with a time of 49 minutes and 20 seconds.
Ruth Ann David, 34, a fitness trainer from St. Thomas, was first across the finish for the women with a time of 59 minutes and five seconds.
It was still drizzling as she crossed the finish, but she said an undone shoelace rather than the slippery road was her major problem.
"I can't stop to fix it," she said.
Court Lilly, 30, of Cincinnati took second for the men for the second year in a row.
"Better time, same place," he said. Lilly finished with a time of 50 minutes and six seconds, shaving a little over a minute off his 2007 finish.
Lilly said the rain wasn't a factor for him, but the hills were a challenge since he's used to running in Ohio, where it's flatter.
He said the weather was a big improvement over what he was used to at home.
"It was six degrees and snow, so this is nice," he said as St. John residents put on their fleeces and huddled under umbrellas to keep away the chill and rain.
Bob Mathews, 41, of Chicago, took third for the men with a time of 53 minutes and 31 seconds. This was the first time he ran the race. He said he had been planning to vacation on St. John and learned about the race from the Internet.
"I didn't know how hard to push it in the middle," he said of the challenge he faced as a first-time participant.
Bonnie Kingsberry, 29, of Vineyard Haven, Mass., was second for the women with a time of one hour, one minute and 44 seconds.
This was the fifth time she ran the race. "It was easy because I know the course," she aid.
C.J. Kim, 39, of Kenton County, Kentucky, took third with a time of one hour, three minutes and 11 seconds. She said it was a tough course.
"This course deserves respect," she said.
She said the road was slippery, so she had to slow down quite a bit.
8 Tuff Miles always has dozens of older participants, but perennial entry Calvin Dallas, a 55-year-old teacher at Joseph Gomez School on St. Thomas, always finishes near the top.
He placed seventh with a time of 57 minutes and 43 seconds.
Dallas said he runs every day as fast as he can to stay in great shape.
While the participants are the focus, the event brought out more than 150 volunteers who work the finish line, stand by to deal with injuries, hand out medals and do the dozens of other myriad tasks that keep the event flowing.
"They galvanize our community and make it a fun event," Karen Brady, a member of the organizing team, said.
Hundreds of spectators also lined the route.
Former St. John school teacher Charlotte Fish-Lacey was back on island in time to watch her grandson, Lincoln Liburd, 16, race. She said that since she misses so much of his life because she now lives in Gloucester, Mass., it was important to attend his activities when she could.
Leslie Larsen of Amery, Wisc. was among the many spouses who cheered from the finish line. She said her husband, Michael, 67, was running the course for the third time. She said they visit for five weeks every winter.
For full results, visit www.8tuffmiles.com.
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