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Collin Fehr

Missoula's Collin Fehr broke a half marathon record that stood for 43 years on Saturday at the Governor's Cup in Helena.

HELENA -- Missoula's Collin Fehr won the men's half marathon in the annual Governor's Cup on Saturday in a record-setting time of 1:10:08.

The previous record of 1:10:45 was set way back in 1972.

"The record was one of my goals, something I was focusing on going in because I felt I had a shot," said Fehr, who coaches track and cross country for the Montana Grizzlies. "I knew it would take a lot of effort from the get-go. I tried to push hard early and everything came together."

A half marathon is just over 13 miles. Fehr said the last few miles were a true test because they're uphill.

"The fact that the record stood so long is a testament to the difficulty of that course," said Fehr, who will run in the Missoula Marathon next month. "It’s gorgeous scenery but man it's difficult because there's so many technical aspects. It was a lot of hard work."

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