WRAL's Carlson wins Grandfather Mountain marathon

Posted July 9, 2011
Updated July 11, 2011

— WRAL's Kelcey Carlson was the first female finisher Saturday in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.

The race, billed as "one of America's toughest marathons," begins in Boone at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University, and runners climb along the Blue Ridge Parkway to McRae Meadows on the mountain.

Carlson completed the 26.2 miles in just over 3 1/2 hours. The top male finisher was Tim Meigs. The race was run by about 400 people in all. 

WRAL anchor Bill Leslie was the emcee for Grandfather Mountain's Highland Games.


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  • mfarmer1 Jul 20, 2011

    Good Job Bill Leslie

    You Too Kelcey!


  • carrboroyouth Jul 13, 2011

    Great job! I wish I could do that!

    ps. All of you commenting on her size: some of us are built more slender than others. She just ran 26 miles too.

  • smile4susie Jul 13, 2011

    Way to go Kelcey! We're so proud of you! You look great after running a marathon and who cares what you look like physically. Obviously you are healthy or you couldn't have participated at all let alone being 1st in the female category. You go girl! :)

  • facress Jul 12, 2011

    Great job Kelcey! For one commenter - the race was on a Saturday and I think she looks great for just running 26.2 miles. Maybe some of you should try it and it would change your attitude.

  • mommymatters Jul 12, 2011

    Don't listen to all the naysayers Kelcey! YOU ROCK!

  • fgump Jul 12, 2011

    Folks, she had just finished running 26.2 miles. Lighten up on how she looks. The average runner loses 3-4 lbs. of water per hour when running at marathon pace. It took her 3.5 hours to run the race. Water is 8.4 lbs/gallon, meaning she would lose 10.5-14 lbs. of water during the course of the race. If she's like me, she takes in about 40-60 oz. of water during the race. This means she added back only about 4 lbs. during the race. She's dehydrated at the end of the race, as are most other marathoners (lose more than 3% of your body weight during a marathon and you start to have problems!). It's a double-edged sword; maintain enough hydration to keep going, but not so much that you're sloshing around unable to process any fuel you take in.

  • cariannestanley Jul 12, 2011

    .........and yes, this gal is way too skinny, scrawny. She needs to eat more peanut butter sandwiches.......some people take this exercise thing to the extreme and they just look awful. She doesn't look bad on television on the news, but this pic makes her look like a skeleton running around..........ick!

  • cariannestanley Jul 12, 2011

    Wish that's all I had time to do.............

  • cgbowman Jul 12, 2011

    What a woman! Congratulations Kelcey!

  • rroadrunner99 Jul 12, 2011

    Great Job Kelcey! Congrat's on a job well done. You did a great job representing WRAL-TV and North Carolina in your running of the race I think!