Posted 04/24/2017

Over 770 runners hit the streets of Murray for the seventh annual Murray Half Marathon Saturday, April 22.

The top finisher in the half marathon was Jerry Rojas from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, who finished in 1:15:58. The top female runner was Crisann Chandler of Almo, KY, who finished in 1:37:36.  

The top finishers in the 13.1 Relay (where a team of two splits the distance) were: Male: Randy Davis and Kyle Jarrett with a total time of 1:25:29, Female: Jessica Mathis and Sara Mathis with a total time of 1:53:16, Coed: Danielle Pafford and Quade Pafford with a total time of 1:44:24.

Nick Coffey of Paducah won the 5K with a time of 19:04 and Laura Huendo of Murray was the top female finisher with a time of 24:29. The 5K had 417 runners, ranging from ages 4-80.

“As always, this was a fantastic event,” said Keith Travis, vice president of development for Murray-Calloway County Hospital. “We focus on trying to grow it each year and we accomplished that this year by offering for participants to win a truck for a year.”

“We couldn’t do it without our sponsors, volunteers, staff members, runners, spirit teams, fans or our community. It takes the whole city to keep an event like this going on for seven years we appreciate the time and resources that everyone gives,” he said.

Final fundraising totals are still being calculated and will be released at a later date. All proceeds from the race support operations at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, which is currently open. The facility offers end-of-life care in a home-like setting to area residents in partnership with MCCH’s existing Hospice unit.

Race photos were taken by the local Filmburners Photography Club and will be available online at a later date for viewing and purchase at Volunteers will tag each runner by visible bib number for easy searching.

Runners begin the seventh annual Murray Half Marathon on Poplar Street
early Saturday morning, April 22, 2017.

Jerry Rojas crosses the finish line at the 2017 Murray Half Marathon as the overall
and  first-place  finishing male runner with a time of 1:15:58.

From left, Jerry Penner, MCCH CEO, Jerry Rojas, half marathon overall and first-place male finisher.

Crisann Chandler, accepting her award as the first place female finisher of the half marathon,
pictured with Jerry Penner, MCCH CEO.

Just a few of many people that helped make this happen.

Dr. Compton, Murray Orthopaedics Surgeon, with his wife, Erica, and family awaiting the awards ceremony. Their children are the great-grand children of Anna Mae Owen which is who The Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House is named after.

First place spirit team winners, the Calloway County Middle School Cheerleaders.

For more information on the race or the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, call (270) 762-1908 or visit