Posted by: Joe English | October 27, 2008

Races: Dumm, Fenster win Marine Corps Marathon 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — First-time marathoners won the men’s and women’s divisions of the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday.

Andrew Dumm of Washington took the men’s race, finishing the course among the monuments in the nation’s capital in 2:22:42, and Cate Fenster of Wooster, Ohio, led the women’s field in 2:39:32.

“I knew it was my first one, and I knew it was going to be OK if I hit a wall because you usually do in your first marathon,” the 23-year-old Dumm said. “So I was expecting and fearing that would happen, but being my first marathon also freed me up a little bit to make kind of a bold move.”

Fred Joslyn, 24, of Rochester, Mich., finished second in 2:23:52, and was followed by Corey Duquette, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., in 2:24:38.

Lindsay Wilkins, 30, of Arlington, Va., was second among the women in 2:49:04, and was followed by Melissa Tanner, 27, of Bethesda, Md.

“I was crying in pain coming up that last hill, the last 200 yards,” the 37-year-old Fenster said. “… I felt good for most of the way, but about mile 20, I could feel the bricks coming. I was kind of shocked to win.”

Dumm joined the lead pack during the sixth mile and made his winning move near the 12-mile mark while running around Hains Point.

“That’s a pretty early spot for a move, but I just wanted to use Hains Point because that’s a little bit of a lonely stretch of the race to make a move,” he said. “It’s a pretty good psychological area to do so.”

Dumm surged past a stage band playing the theme song from “Rocky” near the half-marathon mark and maintained a 150-meter lead the rest of the way.

Source: Associated Press
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