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Loper brothers finish together in warmer Myrtle Beach half marathon

Loper brothers finish together in warmer Myrtle Beach half marathon

The closest finish in the Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon Saturday was the one between Alex Loper and his brother Shawn.

The two finished just 0.05-second apart, placing 14th and 15th, respectively in the field of 2,038.

Shawn, who is the race director for the Bel Air Town Run, took first place among 112 runners in the 40-44 age group, leading by almost 2 minutes. Alex finished fifth in 30-34. Both recorded a gun time of 1:24:45.

About 2 minutes separated the two near the halfway mark, with Alex ahead after passing the 10K mark in 37:00. That lead dwindled to near nothing at the finish.

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