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Desto Morkama chases Kieran O'Connor in the 17th mile of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow
Desto Morkama chases Kieran O’Connor in the 17th mile of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

Confusion in the first mile threw much of the leading Marine Corps Marathon pack into chaos, but Arlington’s Desta Morkama eventually overcame a nearly-two-minute deficit, and up to an extra half mile, to win in 2:25:14. Meanwhile, Fairfax’s Sarah Bishop turned a 22-mile training run into a near-Olympic Trials qualifying time (2:45:06).

This all followed a 10-minute delay to allow a suspicious package to be cleared from the course. Read More

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Sarah Bishop and Meghan Curran approach the nine mile mark of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow
Sarah Bishop (155) and Meghan Curran (58) approach the nine mile mark of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

Successful marathon racing means being able to handle and adjust to 26.2 miles of uncertainty. Usually that means digging down when things get tough, like when you go the wrong way in a race, but for Fairfax’s Sarah Bishop, the Marine Corps Marathon meant feeling better than expected and going with it.

She took what was primarily a 22-mile training run for her goal race in December and won, set a personal record by more than two minutes and fell just short of the target she’s setting for five weeks from now. Her 2:45:06 was just seven seconds short of the qualifying standard.

Bishop, 35, is not too bummed, though. She was happy to even be there.

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