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Third Time Proves Charming

Date: 
04/01/2008 - 14:12


natmar08wardian.jpgNational Marathon, Half Marathon Enjoy Success

By Jim Hage with photos by Drew
March 29, 2008
Washington, DC
For the Washington Running Report


Photo, above, of Michael Wardian making 26.2 miles look
easy. . . again.


Now in its third year, the National Marathon and Half Marathon
seem to be growing into their role and establishing the event
as a date of note on the area's crowded racing calendar. After
a rocky first couple of editions, which included political
squabbling over the course the inaugural year and a short half-
marathon course last year, version 2008 hosted its largest
field and went off largely without a hitch.

Michael Wardian, winner of the first two marathons, extended a
personal tradition by winning for a third straight year in yet
another course record, this time in 2 hours 24 minutes 57
seconds.

"To repeat is cool," Wardian said. "But to three-peat is even
cooler."

Samuel Gebremichael (27), from Ethiopia, took second in
2:28:54, but entered as the favorite after having beaten
Wardian just six days earlier at the Shamrock Marathon in
Virginia Beach. In Washington, Wardian forced the pace from the
start at RFK Stadium and led Gebremichael by two minutes at
halfway.

"I didn't want to give him an opportunity to stay with me,"
Wardian said. "I never want to finish second."

Immediately after the race, Wardian (33), from Arlington, left
for Knoxville, TN, where he was scheduled to run his third
marathon in eight days.


Myriam Grenon (39), from Longueuil, Quebec, and a mother of
four, won the women's marathon in 2:54:45. Grenon did not
realize she was leading until 22 miles into the race.

"I never thought about winning [until that point]," Grenon said
through her husband, Serge St.-Antoine, who interpreted. "But
it was a good feeling and I accelerated to the finish." Grenon
and St.-Antoine, who finished about five minutes ahead, were en
route to Richmond, where their oldest daughter was playing in a
soccer tournament.

Denise Knickman (39), from Baltimore, was second in 3:01:34.

Many of the area's top women are preparing for the Olympic
Trials Marathon in Boston on April 20 and used the half
marathon as a tune-up. Samia Akbar (26), from Herndon, one of
the trials favorites, demonstrated her fitness by winning in
1:16:28.

"This is a good confidence builder," Akbar said. "I haven't
raced a whole lot, so I cherish the opportunity to compete."

Photo below: Samia Akbar at the turning point near Gonzaga
High School, North Capitol & K Streets NW, between miles 10 and
11.


Top Ten Marathon

Place Div Div Guntime Pace Name Age Sex Race# City/state
===== === ===== ======= ===== ======================== === === ===== =======================
1 1 M3034 2:24:59 5:32 Michael Wardian 33 M 2 Arlington VA
2 1 M2529 2:28:53 5:41 Samuel Woldeama Gebremic 27 M 16 Hyattsville MD
3 2 M2529 2:29:42 5:43 Brendon Moody 26 M 7 Van Wert OH
4 1 M3539 2:32:39* 5:50 Philippe Rolly 35 M 1824 Fairfax VA
5 1 M1824 2:33:27 5:52 David Hryvniak 23 M 6 Christiansburg VA
6 1 M4044 2:35:46* 5:57 Christopher Hamley 43 M 545 Hyattsville MD
7 2 M1824 2:36:25 5:58 David Miller 24 M 36 Herndon VA
8 2 M3034 2:38:13 6:03 Stephen Cowie 31 M 1765 Greensboro NC
9 2 M3539 2:41:19 6:10 Eric Makovsky 35 M 10 Washington DC
10 3 M3034 2:41:49 6:11 Iain Banks 30 M 1564 Bowie MD
# Under USATF OPEN guideline
* Under USATF Age-Group guideline

Place Div Div Guntime Pace Name Age Sex Race# City/state
===== === ===== ======= ===== ======================== === === ===== =======================
1 1 F3539 2:54:51* 6:41 Myriam Grenon 39 F 13 Longueuil, Quebec CA
2 2 F3539 3:01:39 6:56 Denise Knickman 39 F 1609 Baltimore MD
3 1 F1824 3:09:53 7:15 Nicole Hugie 23 F 1546 Seattle WA
4 3 F3539 3:11:05 7:18 Amanda Starr 39 F 794 Lewisburg PA
5 1 F3034 3:12:28 7:21 Karen Grabowski 32 F 1712 Chicago IL
6 4 F3539 3:14:28 7:25 Hilary Cairns 37 F 17 Washington DC
7 2 F1824 3:14:59 7:27 Teresa Stamplis 23 F 1679 Athens OH
8 3 F1824 3:15:00 7:27 Lindsay Mock 24 F 1687 Cuyahoga Falls OH
9 4 F1824 3:19:31* 7:37 Courtney Waldhauser 18 F 1638 Fallston MD
10 1 F2529 3:21:42 7:42 Molly Fahey 25 F 650 Bethesda MD
# Under USATF OPEN guideline
* Under USATF Age-Group guideline


Teyba Naser (21), from Ethiopia, who won the St. Patrick's Day
8K on March 16, shared the lead through the early miles, but
the smooth-striding Akbar steadily pulled away over the second
half of the course. Naser finished second in 1:16:57.

Ezkyas Sisay (19), the St. Patrick's Day men's winner, out
kicked Christopher Raabe to win the half marathon in 1:06:15.
Raabe, the defending champion, finished six seconds back.

The world's fastest mayor, D.C.'s Adrian Fenty, bettered his
marathon time from last year by nearly 30 minutes, running
3:40:25. "That's a new record for a mayor of the District of
Columbia," Fenty quipped. "And my best time since high school."

At-large D.C. Council Member Kwame Brown, perhaps inspired by
the District leadership, was all smiles after running his first
half marathon in less than two and a half hours.

In all, 4,090 started the two races, 1,354 in
the marathon and 2,736 in the half.


Top Ten Half Marathon

Place Div Div Guntime Pace Name Age Sex Race# City/state
===== === ===== ======= ===== ======================== === === ===== =======================
1 1 M1824 1:06:17# 5:04 Ezkyas Sisay 19 M 6224 Washington DC
2 1 M2529 1:06:24# 5:04 Christopher Raabe 29 M 31 Washington DC
3 2 M1824 1:06:55 5:07 Will Christian 24 M 5520 Norfolk VA
4 2 M2529 1:09:22 5:18 Paolo Natali 27 M 6291 Washington DC
5 3 M1824 1:09:50 5:20 Adam Condit 24 M 6328 Centreville VA
6 4 M1824 1:10:24 5:23 Abiyot Abebe 20 M 6223 Washington DC
7 1 M3034 1:10:59 5:25 Jerome Ross 32 M 35 Anchorage AK
8 1 M4044 1:11:26* 5:27 Robert Weiner 42 M 37 Evergreen CO
9 2 M3034 1:12:03 5:30 Ryan Padilla 30 M 5912 Boulder CO
10 3 M2529 1:12:34 5:33 Justin Mikolay 28 M 5796 Annapolis MD
# Under USATF OPEN guideline
* Under USATF Age-Group guideline

Place Div Div Guntime Pace Name Age Sex Race# City/state
===== === ===== ======= ===== ======================== === === ===== =======================
1 1 F2529 1:16:31# 5:51 Samia Akbar 26 F 5786 Herndon VA
2 1 F1824 1:17:00# 5:53 Teyba Naser 21 F 5511 Hyattsville MD
3 1 F3539 1:17:34# 5:55 Abby Dean 36 F 43 Philadelphia PA
4 2 F2529 1:18:17 5:59 Briana Whaley 29 F 50 Culpeper VA
5 2 F3539 1:19:07* 6:03 Susan Graham-Gray 39 F 45 Greencastle PA
6 3 F3539 1:19:47* 6:06 Emily Levan 35 F 39 Wiscasset ME
7 3 F2529 1:19:58 6:06 Phebe Ko 25 F 44 Baltimore MD
8 4 F2529 1:22:15 6:17 Yehunelesh Bekele 27 F 6225 Washington DC
9 5 F2529 1:23:47 6:24 Melinda Carlson 28 F 47 Washington DC
10 6 F2529 1:24:30 6:27 Franchie Darroch 29 F 6288 Philadephia PA
# Under USATF OPEN guideline
* Under USATF Age-Group guideline


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