Former Featured Athletes Shine at ORRRC Marathon and Half-Marathon!
For April, I would like to deviate a bit from the the normal featured athlete write-up. For this month, and in one race in particular, several former featured athletes had noteworthy performances and accomplishments. In May, we'll return to writing about a single individual, but I tought that these former feature athletes accomplishments and the ORRRC Marathon and Half Marathon deserved mention.
Both Christ Buell and Michael Willets have been featured in the past for having completed a marathon in every state. Both ran the full marathon on April 9. For Mike, it was marathon #100! Congrats. For Chris, it was marathon #204! Correct, #204, that is not a misprint.
Michael Meredith is the cross country coach at Milton Union and he has been featured for his coaching in the past, but he ran the full marathon in 3:21:00 for second in his age group. Well done!
1:29:15 is an impressive time in the half-marathon for anyone. Mark Fieghery did it from the 55-59 age group. Oh yes, he won the age group!
Dustin Sprague represented the Masters (over 40) well in the half-marathon, finishing in 2nd overall with a time of 1:12:41. Dustin used this race as a final tune-up for the Boston Marathon on April 17. We wish him 'speedy feet' in Boston!
Walter Osborne continued his hot streak. He finished 3rd overall in the half with a huge PR of 1:17:08. Keep it up Walter!
On the women's side, the mother-daughter combination of Sylvia and Elizabeth Gleason were featured about a year ago. They both ran and did awesome. Elizabeth was 3rd female in the half with 1:23:10. Her mom ran the full, winning her age group with a 3:38:47.
The female winner in the half was Ann Alyanak. She ran 1:19:24. She was featured several years ago after a top ten finish in the Olympic Trials marathon. She has also finished in the top 10 American women in the Boston Marathon. Congrats to Ann. She obviously hasn't lost a step!
The most impressive performance, though, belongs to Matt Lemon. Matt was featured with his wife and twin brother after all three ran the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama a few years back. Well, Matt and wife Maura have started a family. They have one child and #2 is on the way. So, Matt has been running with a stroller in a lot of local races. In the half-marathon, he won the race with a time of 1:10:42 which I believe is a new world-record for a half-marathon pushing a stroller! Incredible. There's no other word for it!