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Gore finishes marathon 2 1/2 hours behind winner

With his two daughters running by his side, Vice President Al Gore completed his first marathon, finishing in under five hours.

Trailing the winner of the 26-mile, 385-yard race by more than 2 1/2 hours, Gore finished the 22nd annual U.S. Marine Corps Marathon in 4:54.20, his spokeswoman said.Sunday was the first time Gore has run a marathon, although in the past he has run in races as long as 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Gore, 49, raced with his daughters Karenna, 24, and Kristin, 20.

There were 18,350 runners in the race, which ended at the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery.

The winner was Darrell General, 31, of Mitchellville, Md., who finished at 2:18.20.