PORTLAND — A 30-year-old Maine man won the rainy Maine Marathon this morning.

Evan Graves, a high school physical education teacher from Caribou, won today’s 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 53 seconds, with 31-year-old Lucas Churchill, of Bolton, Mass., finishing second half a minute later.

“There was some wind (along with the persistent rain),” Graves said, “but everybody has got to deal with the weather, so you can’t complain about that.”

Among women, 34-year-old Stephanie Crawford, of Dover, N.H., won in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds to hold off 29-year-old Laura Hutchinson, of Holyoke, Mass., who also finished half a minute behind.

Organizers said approximately 2,800 runners finished the marathon and the half-marathon races, which began and ended in Portland.

As part of the event, 100 soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines marched the course to pay tribute to military personnel who have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The service members marched the route in full uniform while carrying 30-pound military backpacks.

In the concurrent half marathon, the winners were 2006 Bowdoin graduate Andrew Combs of New York City in 1:09:20 and 2009 champion and course record-holder Kristin Barry of Scarborough in 1:19:27.