Sunday, September 19, 2010

First Fox Valley Marathon Goes Well

Under partly cloudy skies and with the temperature at 56 degrees, runners in the first Fox Valley Marathon had a good day to run on Sunday out in St. Charles. The program included a full marathon, 20-mile event and half-marathon. Winners of the main event, the 26.2-miler were Michael Iacofano, 42, of Medina, OH, in 2:41:29, and Anna Siliciano, 27, of Madison, WI, in 3:06:00. Iacofano, a track and cross-country coach at St. Vincent High School in Akron, OH, was uncontested, as Florida-based Trey Howell, 30, took second in 2:49:43. Lorne Litwora, 32, took third in 2:50:33. The women's race was much closer as Siliciano had plenty of company from runner-up Jennifer Benitez, 37, who ran a 3:06:17, and Karen Meraw, 25, who was third in 3:06:31. There were 483 finishers in the marathon. In the 20-miler, technically a training run but competitive nonetheless, Steve Breese 32, of Schaumburg, won in 1:59:02, and Tera Moody, 29, of Colorado Springs, CO (St. Charles native and fifth-place finisher in the 2004 women's Olympic Trials marathon) was the women's winner in 1:59:42. The half-marathon was taken by Brian Grudowski of Buffalo Grove in 1:09:06. Joan Vitro was the women's winner in 1:39:24. There were 312 finishers in the 20-miler and 101 finishers in the half. All of this is subject to revision. Did you run? How was it?

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