Crossing the finish line on Saturday, Cameron Stephens pointed the sky and let out a joyous scream.
Stephens had conquered the Rose City Walk.
Stephens finished in a time of 28:44, almost 50 seconds faster than his nearest competitor to win the event for the first time.
“First of all, I just thank God for the blessings. This is truly a blessing,” said Stephens, who finished second last year. “It felt good. At the same time, I was trying to be cautious, not to overdo myself and not have anything left in the end.
“I had a strategy going into it and kept looking at my watch and going by my plan.”
Stephens won the Heritage Walk earlier this year. It was his second-place finish in last year’s Rose City Walk that had Stephens motivated entering Saturday.
“I’d been looking forward to this race since the Boston 5K,” Stephens said. “I’ve kind of had it in the back of my mind since last year’s Rose City Walk. I’ve had a target. I’ve been looking forward to it. I’ve been training and toning up a little bit. I was in good enough shape to pull it out today.”
Stephens said he didn’t think he was in the driver’s seat until he turned off Clay Street onto Hansell Street.
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