Winner Kevin Castille's first Bluegrass 10,000 among best ever run

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJuly 4, 2012 

  • Top 10 male finishers

    Chip time

    1. Kevin Castille 30:07

    2. Musa Kimali 32:10

    3. Antonio Marchi 32:17

    4. Glen Mays 33:19

    5. Cody Parks 34:35

    6. Sam Morgan 35:06

    7. Thomas Chaillou 35:10

    8. John Richardson 35:22

    9. Jonathan Feddock 35:31

    10. Jud Weaver 35:48

  • Male records

    Overall 29:14: 1983, Mark Nenow

    Standard Wheelchair, Men 24:19: 1996, Paul Dietrich

    Crank Wheelchair, Men 18:22:2012, Greg Queen

There was Kevin Castille, blazing down Richmond Road for all the world to see, turning in the most dominating performance in the 36 years of the annual Bluegrass 10,000.

At 40, Castille is the first "masters division" winner of the 6.2-mile footrace.

Finishing in 30 minutes, 7 seconds, he finished a whopping 2:03 ahead of runner-up Musa Kimali. Until Wednesday, the greatest margin of victory in a Bluegrass was a 2:02 knockout by Benny McIntosh, who ran 30:19 to Mike Snyder's 32:21 in 1994.

While Castille was practically out of sight from his pursuers, he was in plain view of an admiring crowd.

This was unlike when, growing up in Louisiana, he once felt invisible.

Raised in a dysfunctional family. Sexually abused. So desperate to survive that he resorted to living in a crack house. No running for nearly 10 years.

From such desperate days — recounted in the Herald-Leader on Derby weekend — Castille has turned his life around and is the feel-good story of the national running scene in 2012.

A Nicholasville resident for a little more than a year, he turned 40 on March 17. Since then, he has set national age-group records for 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and won national titles at 8,000 meters and the half-marathon.

Wednesday marked his first go in the biggest 10K that is within shouting distance of his adopted home.

"It's always good to be home but, again, whenever you're at home, you're under more pressure," he said. "Especially if you're expected to win. ... I was hoping there would be a couple other guys that could push the pace with me, but you adjust.

"It was nice because you hear everybody calling your name. It was really nice. You go to other places, people don't know you. Here, the entire time, 'Kevin! Kevin!' That was a really good push for me."

In a race that typically has a lead pack for a few miles, Castille broke to the front and quickly opened daylight.

He passed the first mile in 4:44, and he would do his fifth mile in 4:45. He hit the halfway point in 15:03, running the second half in 15:04.

Meanwhile, the only contest was for second place.

Kimali, an Eastern Kentucky senior from Uganda, outkicked Antonio Marchi by seven seconds. Marchi, a former Henry Clay and Berea College standout, is working on a master's degree at Morehead State.

"He was faster, so we tried to run our race," Kimali said of Castille. "Because I know he's a good guy. ... We knew we couldn't get him."

"Or get close to him," Marchi added. "We already knew it. I'm happy with it. We worked together the entire race."

Castille also was happy.

"It's awesome," he said, "because I'm no longer invisible."

■ Greg Queen won his eighth consecutive title in the hand-cycle wheelchair division, in 18:22. The Lily resident also won two push wheelchair titles in the 1990s.

"I'm just glad to be that close to my last year's time (17:52), from coming off shoulder surgery," he said.

Queen had not raced since last year's Bluegrass, having suffered a torn rotator cuff in October.

Paul Erway of Shelbyville took his sixth push wheelchair title, timed in 34:33. He also won the hand-cycle in 2004.

■ Of 3,369 entrants, there were 3,015 finishers.

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