J. Lindsey Dood

Top Michigan finisher in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, Grand Rapids businessman J. Lindsey Dood, 47, cruised across the finish less than 25 minutes after the top American, Rockford native Dathan Ritzenheim, finished ninth overall.

Dood, who earlier this summer won the USATF Masters Men 45-49 10K title, finished 84th overall Sunday in 2:32:10. The 29-year-old Ritzenheim’s 2:07:47 was less than 3 minutes off 25-year-old Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede’s winning time of 2:04:38.

A former Hope College standout, Dood’s time was almost 14 minutes faster than his previous best in Chicago (2:46:39 in 2001) and lowered his personal best (2:36:04 in Grand Rapids in 2004) by almost 4 minutes.

Dood was 76th overall among the 20,688 men who finished the race in under 8 hours. Of more the 45,000 entrants, 37,455 finished in under 8 hours.

Dood finished second among men 45-49 behind Mohammed El Yamani, 48, of Issy Les Moulineau, France. El Yamani won the men’s 45-49 title in 2:24:43.

Another Grand Rapidian, 26-year-old Mike Roth, was the second of 1,655 Michiganders to finish on Sunday, crossing the line 100th overall in 2:34:35 to finish 17th among men 20-24.

Karen Meraw, 27, of Ann Arbor, was the fastest Michigan woman in the race, crossing in 3:09:31, good for 153rd overall among the 16,767 women to complete the race in less than 8 hours.

For complete results visit the Chicago Marathon website: 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Top 20 age group finishes by Michigan runners are:

MEN

16-19 – 14, Adam Powlus, 16, Canton, 3:27:59. 45-49 – 4, Rich Power, 48, Rochester, 2:39:53. 50-54 – 13, John Arsen, Rochester, 53, 2:52:51. 55-59 – 13, James Madden, 55, Orchard Lake, 3:07:17. 80 & older – 2, Robert Ferguson 81, St. Joseph, 6:44:27.

WOMEN

16-19  – 14, Mende Gleiss, Clarkston, 3:46:46. 50-54 – 15, Susan Rosemurgy, 52, Hancock, 3:28:53. 65-69 – 8, Diane Boehlke, 65, Grand Rapids, 4:41:51.

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