Think Globally, Race Locally
The 2007 Marine Corps Marathon, Washington's Biggest Running Event
By Drew Woodrich
October 29, 2007
For the Washington Running Report
Photo above: Former Georgetown University (2001) three-time All-
American, Kristen (Gordon) Henehan, winning the women's race
and completing her first marathon.
Photo below: Spectators await the start of the race on Route
110 near Arlington National Cemetary
A strong breeze along the Potomac River and an added hill near
mile 5 prevented a fast rabbit start in this year's Marine
Corps Marathon (MCM) held on Sunday, October 28 in Arlington,
VA. Smart racing strategy took Ethiopian Tamrat Ayalew (33) and
Kristen Henehan (28) of Silver Spring, MD to the finish line
first. Race director Rick Nealis beamed as he greeted runners
with MCM's furry mascot Miles. Ayalew, with the Foot Solutions
team, won the men's race in 2:22:20 (he went out in 1:09:00 in
2006 before fading to 2:30:10); Henehan, who joined the Pacers
Running Stores team in August, debuted in the marathon distance
with top female honors (2:51:14). Both winners had raced the
Army Ten Miler in Arlington three weeks earlier and earned top
ten placings: Ayalew finished fifth (50:12), and Henehan scored
in seventh (1:01:15). Kristen Henehan also entered the Virginia
Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in early September (1:23:20,
Photo below: The lead men's pack coming off Key Bridge into
Georgetown. Ruben Garcia is at the far left.
Third Title Eludes Ruben Garcia
Jaron Hawkins (24) of Frostburg, MD with the Cumberland Valley
Track Club (third male in 2:25:34, top American) described the
men's action: a group stayed together through mile 14 then
splintered on wind-exposed Hains Point; crossing the bridge at
mile 20, Hawkins trailed a lead group of Ayalew, defending two-
time champion Ruben Garcia (36) and his Mexican Navy compatriot
Jose Miranda (36). Ayalew reached the 22 mile split (2:00:07)
with an 18 second gap over Garcia. Ayalew's lead continued to
grow over the final miles to an unassailable two minute margin
by the finish line as large crowds cheered finishers.
Photo below: The three leading women tucked in with some
supportive men near the Jefferson Memorial and mile 15.
Local Running Store Connections
Second place female (2:51:40) Lisa Thomas (31) of Alexandria,
VA returned to marathon training in July after childbirth in
August 2006. She and several women represent Georgetown Running
Company with frequent training partners Lindsay Goulet (29) and
2008 Olympic Trials qualifier Vanessa Hunter (31), both of
Arlington, VA. Winner Henehan, Thomas, and Pacers Running
Stores teammate Alicia Pease (24) of Silver Spring, MD covered
much of the course in a co-ed pack of eight or ten runners.
Thomas explained the second half action with a post-race smile:
Kristen and Lisa took off after Hains Point (mile 19), and Lisa
moved into the lead near mile 23 in Crystal City. Lisa opened a
gap of 30 or 40 yards before Kristen focused on holding firm.
With a half mile to go in the race, Kristen burned her
remaining fuel on a final effort, caught Lisa, and won by 26
seconds. "You can learn a lot from sports--don't give up,"
Kristen told reporters in a post-race interview.
Photo below: The Running Hokies of Blacksburg, VA entered
100 members from the Virginia Tech community and raised money
a memorial fund. Stacey Vidt (27) in the white VT singlet
placed among the top ten females (2:59:03).
Top Ten Finishers
Pl Name City Age ChipTime Clock Split5M Half Service
1 TAMRAT AYALEW ATLANTA GA 33 2:22:20 2:22:20 0:28:43 1:12:39
2 RUBEN GARCIA Mexico 36 2:24:20 2:24:20 0:28:42 1:12:39 FORN
3 JARON HAWKINS FROSTBURG MD 24 2:25:34 2:25:34 0:28:40 1:12:37
4 JOSE MIRANDA Mexico 36 2:26:03 2:26:03 0:28:39 1:12:39 FORN
5 CARL RUNDELL BIRMINGHAM MI 39 2:26:28 2:26:28 0:28:39 1:12:39
6 BRIAN DUMM APO AP 24 2:28:27 2:28:27 0:28:42 1:13:14 USAF
7 TIMOTHY TAPPLY NATICK MA 32 2:29:01 2:29:01 0:28:43 1:13:14
8 STEPHEN SLABY MILLINGTON TN 26 2:29:18 2:29:18 0:28:43 1:13:14 USN
9 PHILIPPE ROLLY FAIRFAX VA 35 2:29:41 2:29:41 0:28:42 1:12:47
10 ALEJANDRO VALDEZ Mexico 31 2:30:31 2:30:31
1 KRISTEN HENEHAN SILVER SPRING MD 28 2:51:14 2:51:14 0:33:22 1:25:57
2 LISA THOMAS ALEXANDRIA VA 31 2:51:40 2:51:40 0:33:23 1:25:57
3 CLAUDIA COLITA Romania 29 2:54:19 2:54:19 0:34:28 1:26:56
4 GINA SHAW MILLINGTON TN 26 2:56:43 2:56:43 0:34:41 1:28:51 USN
5 MARTHA MERZ ANNANDALE VA 45 2:56:46 2:56:46 0:33:58 1:26:38
6 ALICIA PEASE SILVER SPRING MD 24 2:56:56 2:56:56 0:33:23 1:25:57
7 SUZANNE HIMES ALEXANDRIA VA 38 2:57:56 2:57:56 0:34:43 1:28:52 USN
8 STACEY VIDT BLACKSBURG VA 27 2:59:03 2:59:03 0:33:30 1:26:58
9 JENNIFER LEDFORD CARLSBAD CA 27 2:59:34 2:59:38 0:33:21 1:26:33 USMC
10 BRENDA SCHRANK WINCHESTER VA 35 3:00:19 3:00:21
Wheelchair Athletes Male & Female
1 DAVID SWOPE NEW WINDSOR MD 41 2:05:53
1 JACQUI KAPINOWSKI POINT PLEASANT NJ 44 3:09:46
Everyone Has A Story to Tell
Other notable finishers included Miss Utah and Utah National
Guard Sergeant Jill Stevens (24) finishing in 3:23:53 (net),
and "Mr. DC" and Washington's chief running officer Adrian
Fenty (36) completing his sixth MCM in 4:10:50.
Photo above: Holly McGuigan (47) of McLean, VA, seen here
near mile 25, ran sub-4:00 (net).
Photo below: The winner, Tamrat Ayalew, talked about his
race with reporters Steve Nearman (left) and Jim Hage (right)
See the Marine Corps Marathon Web site www.marinemarathon.com.
For further accounts of the race, see Jim Hage's story in the Washington Post
Steve Nearman's story in the Washington Times or the Running USA wire
And the Washington Post story on the women's race reported by Kathy Orton.
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