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Bishop Getting Into Distance Running

<p><strong>Off and running.</strong> Matt Bishop (143) came home to run the Arkansas Marathon.</p>

Off and running. Matt Bishop (143) came home to run the Arkansas Marathon.

<p><strong>A Booneville tradition</strong>. The 45th Arkansas marathon drew out-of-state runners like Nancy Stuparich of Oviedo, Fla., and Kathryn Ivey of Colgate, Okla.</p>

A Booneville tradition. The 45th Arkansas marathon drew out-of-state runners like Nancy Stuparich of Oviedo, Fla., and Kathryn Ivey of Colgate, Okla.

<p><strong>First run.</strong> Booneville’s Richard Eccles is ready to the 5K.</p>

First run. Booneville’s Richard Eccles is ready to the 5K.

<p><strong>Starting young.</strong> Alexis Franklin and Linley Garrett are ready for the 5K.</p>

Starting young. Alexis Franklin and Linley Garrett are ready for the 5K.

<p><strong>Homecoming</strong>. Tara Bishop, who was a homecoming queen in high school, came home to run the 10K Saturday.</p>

Homecoming. Tara Bishop, who was a homecoming queen in high school, came home to run the 10K Saturday.

<p><strong>Alone in front.</strong> Shelby Gordon of Magazine won the 10K</p>

Alone in front. Shelby Gordon of Magazine won the 10K

<p><strong>Aid station</strong>. Volunteers are ready for runners needing refreshments.</p>

Aid station. Volunteers are ready for runners needing refreshments.

<p><strong>Mile marker 4</strong>. Runners were advised after each mile.</p>

Mile marker 4. Runners were advised after each mile.

<p><strong>And they’re off.</strong> Runners in the 10K and Marathon leave the starting line.</p>

And they’re off. Runners in the 10K and Marathon leave the starting line.

<p><strong>Water.</strong> A runner takes a cup of water at an aid station.</p>

Water. A runner takes a cup of water at an aid station.

<p><strong>The winner.</strong> Michael Nisson of Monroe, Wash., won the 45th Arkansas Marathon Saturday.</p>

The winner. Michael Nisson of Monroe, Wash., won the 45th Arkansas Marathon Saturday.

The 45th running of the Arkansas Marathon and 10K in Booneville Saturday served as a homecoming for Matt and Tara Bishop.

Now residents of Kansas City, Mo., Matt Bishop was in town to run the marathon while Tara, the former Tara Taylor, was here to run the 10K.

For Matt Bishop, the 26.2 miles really may not be enough. Active in running since graduating from Booneville High School in 1999, Matt has covered that distance in Little Rock and Kansas City marathons, and more and there is a 100-mile run he’s planning to run in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“I know I can finish 26,” he said. “I’ve run a couple 50-milers. I know I can run 26, I don’t know if I can run 100.”

“You can finish it,” Tara Taylor, also a 1999 graduate, insists.

For Tara, the 10K run was just her second competition, a couple weeks removed from the Plaza 10K in Kansas City.

A family affair, the 10K also drew Tara’s father, Craig Taylor of Booneville, who ran in a 10K for the first time in 2012.

A quality control manager at a food manufacturing plant, Matt finished Saturday’s race in 4:16:03.40.

Besides Bishop the marathon attracted runners from the state of Washington — Michael Nissen of Monroe, Wash., who won it — and runners from Florida, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Colorado.

Joseph Bearss, of Colorado was marking Arkansas off his list in a quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. Also venturing to the city was Kim Howard of Mineral Springs, who was running his 50th marathon.

There were 19 total marathon runners, 17 who finished, but with the addition of a 5K this year the event drew over 75 total participants, with about 40 coming out for the shortest distance.

Still marathon and 10K participation was up by 10 from 2012.

The 5K and 10K events were completed in somewhat warm temperatures but marathon runners were subjected to a nasty thunderstorm before they completed the course along Highway 10 to Blue Mountain and back.

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