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It's official: semiconductor developer Centaur, part of VIA, has rival chip maker Intel licked. Yes, the processor giant proved less fleet of foot than its considerably smaller rival... during the 28th Statesman Capitol 10,000 race this past weekend.

The sponsored 10km jog, organised by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, takes runners on a trip through downtown Austin. Some folk run for the heck of it, others to raise money for good causes, quite a few even to win. The paper also challenges local corporates to field teams of runners.

On Sunday, 3 April, under clear skies, ten-person teams from Centaur, Intel, Samsung and others battled it out for athletic supremacy.

As any good overclocker knows, it's all about timing, and Centaur's team nosed past Intel's, with a team time of 3h 25m 56.6s to the chip giant's 3h 26m 30.8s.

To give Intel due credit, its fastest runner, Jim Cleary, came in ahead of Centaur's first man home, Keith Savage. He crossed the finish line in 30th place, with a personal time of 35m 57.4s. Savage took 37m 14.2s to complete the course, winning himself 46th place.

And even Centaur's team didn't top the corporate chart. It scored second place behind runners from National Instruments, which took a team time of 3h 15m 40.7s. Intel came third, followed by the first of three teams fielded by Samsung. Anteon Corp. came fifth. You can read the full corporate results here.

The race was won by Bernard Manirakiza of Abilene, Texas, one of the pre-race favourites, on account of being an NCAA Division II track champion at 800 and 1500 meters, and the mile. Still, this was his first road race, but he clocked a time of 30m 6s. Well done, Bernard - we salute you. And, indeed, all the teams and individuals who took part, with fast times and not-so-fast times. ®

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