|By Susan Miller Degnan, The Miami Herald|
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It was the best one, too.
Arendt, who turned 25, had never been in
"What a fun thing to do on your birthday!" said Arendt, who finished in 17 minutes flat, so fast that she defeated all but five of the more than 11,900 men in the massive field. "I've run races on my birthday before, but never one like this. What a great city.
"The buildings were gorgeous."
A customer service representative for
McCandless, a former Penn State All-American in the 10,000 meters, represents Newton -- a running shoe company -- as a brand ambassador.
"I've run big races before, but for a 5K this was amazing," said McCandless, who was in the snow last weekend. "It was hot. It was stifling. I just tried to hang on."
Finishing second overall in 16:09 was two-time Fort Lauderdale Corporate Run winner and last year's
"This is unlike any race that I've ever competed in," said DeHart, who wore a pair of running shoes he bought when he was a junior in high school. "I like smaller, more intimate races, but in this one your adrenaline pumps so much before the race it's almost hard to conserve it for the race."
Miamian Bryan Sharkey, 26, a former Gulliver Prep and
"I tried to run with with him," Sharkey said, pointing to DeHart, "and he tried to run with the winner.
"Tyler made everyone faster. What's not to like with 25,000 people running behind you? This is as much competition in
"There are 484 tents in that park, and I think I know every person under them," said TeamFootWorks race director
"There are four cruise lines of 400 and 500 people. UM has more than 1,000. Baptist, 1,800. It's like a snowball rolling down hill. You can't stop it."
The 34-year-old lives in
Young finished in 18:26, joking that she could see women's winner Arendt "from very far away." She explained with a smile that it was somewhat difficult fighting the heat and the massive crowd snaking up and down the city streets "but a good place to fight
Placing third among women in 19:06 was 2013 winner
"There are so many people here that you really can't get a personal best," she said. "But it's nice to get together with your company."
Arendt, the 2012 national 5,000-meter champion for
She said she needed to continue celebrating her birthday with her three teammates from
"I have a cupcake waiting for me," she said.
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