October 7, 2013

Maine Marathon Notebook: First woman doesn't need fanfare

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Leah Frost has run the Boston Marathon as a ‘bandit,’ but earns a legitimate win Sunday as the top woman in the Maine Marathon with an impressive time of 3:00.47.

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Kristin and Mike Kiss of Illinois complete, hand in hand, their 50th race in 50 states, in under two hours. Now the couple, who have been together since they were 16, will be looking for new physical challenges.

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The most difficult came in the hills of Asheville, N.C., and took Berthiaume, who has wheeled through Boston in less than two hours, 3:38.

"The hills were so steep that you had to go up backwards," he said. "I had never gone up hills backwards before." 

WALDOBORO NATIVE Courtney Blasius, 29, pushed a baby jogger bearing a yellow sign with bold black letters reading Runner With Assistive Device.

Seven years ago, shortly after graduating from the University of Vermont, Blasius experienced serious side effects from a birth control pill called Yaz, she said, resulting in her heart stopping and no oxygen flowing to her brain for 10 to 12 minutes.

"I had to relearn how to walk and move in everything physical," she said shortly after crossing the line in 3:51:26, alongside her 60-year-old father, Doug.

Blasius keeps an online journal of her recovery efforts that can be found at supportcourtney.blogspot.com

MIKE AND KRISTIN KISS of Illinois brought an entourage of 30 to take part in the final race of their 50 states in 100 hours tour of half marathons. Many of them ran Sunday morning. All of them attended a post-race gathering at the Allagash Brewing Co.

Four years ago they decided 13.1 miles was the perfect distance for a challenging race that still allows for sightseeing and sampling local tastes and cultures.

"We'll check out some breweries and have some doughnuts," said Mike Kiss, a corporate banker who writes about their adventures at 50in100.com. Both he and his wife, who works in insurance, are 31. They've been a couple since they were 16.

So what's next?

"I think we'll look for the next adventure," he said. "We've dabbled in triathlon. Maybe (a race on) every continent. I don't think we're looking to repeat this in marathon form." 

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Wheelchair winner Grant Berthiaume, left, of Tucson, Ariz., shares a post-race moment with Paul Erway of Shelbyville, Ky., who finished third. They and runner-up Aaron Roux of Tucson are on a quest to complete 50 wheelchair marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks. Maine was No. 36. Berthiaume won in 2:19:57. Next weekend: Baltimore on Saturday and Chicago on Sunday.

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Matt McAvoy, 32, and Jen Hawley, 27, of Lewiston ran the marathon to symbolize the journey of their marriage, which became official following the race with a ceremony at Pedro Field, adjacent to the finish line.

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