Brent Alexander, 27, of Wilmette, broke away just past the halfway point on Sunday, and won the 28th Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 2:28:24. Alexander, who runs for Fleet Feet Racing, easily beat runner-up Mark Manz of Kiel, Wis., who ran 2:32:31. Alexander went through 13.1 in 1:13.17, and even while pulling away, he slowed a bit on the second half of the course, provng he is a mere moral like the rest of us!
"I put in a huge surge at 13 miles," Alexander told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I kind of wanted to run alone because most of my training has been alone. I was kind of happy to just get away (from the pack) and run my own race for the last half." Corina Canitz, 41, of Brookfield, Wis. was the women's winner in 3:00:48, and Jenny Ellis, 23, of Port Barrington, Ill., was right behind in 3:01:09. A special shout goes out to my age-group hero and good friend, Chris Nemeth, 59, of Evanston, who ran a superb 3:14:34 for third place in the AG. Way to go to Michael Wargo of the Elmhurst Running Club for his 3:07 as well. As for me, I am very pleased. I ran a carefully paced 3:51:05 to get my goal of qualifing for Boston. Highlights of the race included the polka music near the beginning, the nice views along the way if you took time to look at them, the great volunteers, seeing Pat Onines at least five times and the generally good running weather.