October 3, 2011

Marathon Notebook: Some days, it's just hard work

Kristin Barry continues her recovery from knee surgery with a victory in the women's half-marathon race.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine Marathon winner Evan Graves of Caribou waves to supporters as he crosses the finish line Sunday. Graves ran the race in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 53 seconds. Waiting beyond the finish line were his wife and their daughter, Emma, who was born in June.

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Women's marathon winner Stephanie Crawford of Dover, N.H., celebrates after winning the Maine Marathon a second time, this year in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 8 seconds.

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MARATHON

Men

1. Evan Graves, Caribou, 2:36:53

2. Lucas Churchill, Bolton, Mass., 2:37:26

3. Robert Ashby, Brunswick, 2:41:46

Women

1. Stephanie Crawford, Dover, N.H., 3:07:08

2. Laurie Hutchinson, Holyoke, Mass., 3:07:41

3. Mary Garrity, Manchester, N.H., 3:12:58

HALF MARATHON

Men

1. Andrew Combs, New York, 1:09:20

2. Chris Harmon, Scarborough, 1:10:40

3. Robert Gomez, Saco, 1:10:55

Women

1. Kristin Barry, Scarborough, 1:19:27

2. Gretchen Speed, Brookline, Mass., 1:23:45

3. Andrea Giddings, Nobleboro, 1:25:28

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BARRY HEARD not only from her Cheverus runners Sunday morning, but also from Piers, who reported the kind of spectacular autumn weather in Minneapolis usually associated with the Maine Marathon.

"She probably just ran two halves faster than I did one," predicted Barry, correctly, as it turned out.

Indeed, Piers, 40, was the seventh woman and first female master runner to finish the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, in a time of 2:37:43. Her splits were 1:19:13 and 1:18:30.

WOMEN'S MARATHON runner-up Laura Hutchinson, 29, is a nutrition professor at Holyoke (Mass.) Community College. So what did she eat Sunday? Before the race, a banana and some toast with peanut butter. During the race, three energy gel packets, one every 6 1/2 miles.

DON WRIGHT of Minnesota completed his 56th marathon and first in Maine on Sunday in a little over six hours.

Wright, 70, was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer eight years ago and lately has been slowed by a sports hernia.

"The day wasn't perfect," Wright said. "We'd call it ducky weather. But it went well."

BEST HOMEMADE sign seen near the finish line Sunday belonged to 18-year-old Lauren Young of Anson, who was cheering on her friend Sikwani Dana of Solon and Dana's parents, Lori and Barry.

Upon a background of green, Young used paint and glitter to spell out the following message:

Run Faster

The Zombies Want Your Brains

"I just thought she'd get a kick out of it," Young said, "because she likes zombies."

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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Kristin Barry of Scarborough won the women's half marathon division, completing the course in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 27 seconds.

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Andrew Combs, a 2006 graduate of Bowdoin currently in graduate school in New York, won the men’s half marathon race in 1:09:20.

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You can bet rain and wind were not the conditions most runners hoped for as they began their races along Back Cove on Sunday, but they ended up working through plenty of both.



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