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Thousands go the distance in Salt Lake City Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 7,000 people combined participated in the Salt Lake City Marathon, half marathon, bike tour and 5K Saturday, and the racers wound their way down a course that was new for this year.

The male and female winners in the open categories were both Utahns: Salt Lake City resident Fritz Van De Damp took first for the men with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds, marking his tenth first place finish, and Melanie Burnham from Lehi led the women with a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

Full results for all events are available here. FOX 13 News’ Carly Figueora was live along the course, see the video above for her interviews with runners, as well as those who cheered them on.

Want to see Utah’s liquor store inventory? Click here

SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Rosenthal knows first-hand what it’s like to find a great drink on Utah liquor store shelves one day, only to find it gone the next.

“We’ve gone from store to store and bounced around until we’ve found the right thing,” said Rosenthal, who writes about food and drink in Utah on her website, theslcfoodie.com.

Recently, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control quietly made its inventory available online for everyone to see. Through a search engine tool on the DABC’s website, customers can look up a particular bottle or type of drink (say, “merlot” or “absinthe”) and view the brands and how many bottles are available at what liquor store in the state.

Pursuit after crash nets suspect with more than $250,000 in warrants

SALT LAKE CITY – A man who authorities said had more than $250,000 in outstanding warrants was arrested after he crashed his vehicle while fleeing from a routine traffic stop Friday morning.

The incident occurred along 1300 South near 300 West in Salt Lake City when officials pulled a westbound vehicle over for a routine stop.

Charlie Roberts, spokesman for the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, said one of their officers approached the vehicle after it had stopped, and as the officer approached the suspect drove away “at a high rate of speed.”

The suspect’s vehicle hit another car that was moving westbound on 1300 South and clipped a utility pole, which is when his vehicle stopped. The suspect then fled on foot toward the freeway and was apprehended. Salt Lake City police responded to the scene as the situation unfolded.

There were no injuries reported.

Experts discuss health insurance enrollment numbers in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — President Obama is calling the Affordable Care Act a success, since millions of Americans have signed up for health care on the federal exchanges.

But how many Utahns have signed up and are now covered? FOX 13 News spoke with experts at Arches Health Plan, who said it’s still too soon to call Utah’s enrollment numbers good or bad.

The official report has not come in yet, but based on the estimates so far, Utah’s youth enrollment is above the national percentage.

After a rough roll out of the new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama was eager to announce the national enrollment numbers Thursday. He said 8 million Americans have enrolled, with 35 percent of those people under the age of 35.

In Utah, no official statewide numbers have been released, but a spokesperson for Arches Health Plan said about 68,000 Utahns have enrolled, with 47 percent in the coveted 35 and younger demographic.

Salt Lake City Marathon features new route for 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Runners will be pounding the pavement Saturday in the Salt Lake City Marathon, and the participants will be winding their way along a new course this year.

A bike tour begins Saturday at 6 a.m., and the runners begin at 7 a.m.; click here for maps of the courses.

Roads along the route will be closed during the race. Click here for a list of places form which to view the marathon, as well as a list of estimated closure times and locations.

FOX 13 News’ Todd Tanner spoke with residents who live in the race area, see the video above for their interviews.

Students participate in ‘Great Utah Shakeout’ earthquake drill

SALT LAKE CITY — Emergency responders, firefighters, law enforcement officials and other emergency personnel throughout the state are joining Utah residents to participate in the “Great Utah Shakeout” earthquake drill Thursday morning.

The Great Utah Shakeout is part of a worldwide effort to increase awareness of earthquake emergency procedures and improve earthquake preparedness.

“There’s a million different things that people can do to be prepared, but the Great Utah Shakeout is one of the great things we can do as a state to be unified in all of our preparedness efforts,” said Joe Dougherty, Utah Division of Emergency Management.

The Great Utah Shakeout began at 10:15 a.m. with a mock earthquake. Event organizers ask Utahns to “drop, cover and hold,” as if a real earthquake were happening, at that time.

Authorities offer more transparency in sexual assault investigations

SALT LAKE CITY — We learned Tuesday there are hundreds of untested rape kits in the Salt Lake City Police Department. A city council member, sexual assault victim advocates, and some victims themselves say more needs to be done.

During a news conference Wednesday, Chief Chris Burbank announced he will provide unprecedented access to the process of Code R Kit – or rape kit – examinations. His department is working with the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Public Safety on this project.

Starting June 1, you’ll see a new page on the Salt Lake City Police Department’s website, titled “Code R Project.”