LINCOLN — With one Lincoln Marathon victory already in 2012, Mario Macias returned this year with a goal of setting the 26.2-mile course record.
That goal was thwarted by a chilly head wind in the last four miles, but Macias still managed to win the event for the second straight year in 2:21:17.
The 31-year-old from Manitou Springs, Colo., was on a record-setting pace through 22 miles before a head wind took its toll in the final stretch.
“You probably couldn’t ask for better conditions ... except for the wind,” said the energetic and smiling Macias, whose time was 39 seconds better than last year’s but well off the record of 2:16:30 set by Phillip Coppess in 1985.
The chilly temperatures (mid-40s) Sunday morning were to the liking of Macias, who trains in the dry altitude of Colorado.
Macias, a veteran marathoner and winner of three of the five he has run in 2013, complimented Lincoln for its well-organized event.
“I kinda like the atmosphere here,” he said, and hopes to return for another event.
Macias planned to run the Boston Marathon, 20 days before Lincoln’s event, but changed his mind. The running community, he said, has pulled together to benefit victims of the Boston bombings.
Security was prominent at Sunday’s event, with a state patrol helicopter feeding video from its on-board camera to a Lincoln Police Department van north of the marathon’s starting line. Security was about double that of previous marathons, with about 150 from several law enforcement departments, said Capt. Martin Fehringer of the Lincoln Police Department.
Runners were told not to leave their items, including sweatshirts, unattended. The marathon, as in past years, provided a location near the finish lines to store excess items during the race.
Macias shared Sunday’s championships with Camille Herron of Oklahoma City, the women’s division winner. Robert Wambua, a Kenyan living in Alabama, won the men’s half-marathon and Bridget Easley of Lincoln captured the women’s half-marathon. Lincoln Marathon winners collect a first-place prize of $2,000. Half-marathon winners are awarded $1,000.
Herron struggled to the finish line to win her event and was assisted to the medic area for a place to sit and warm up.
“Today’s race was a huge challenge for me,” she said.
The reason: Last weekend she won the Illinois Marathon in Champagne.
“My goal is to win a marathon in every state,” the 31-year-old Oklahoman said. The Nebraska victory gives her seven states.
Wambua, a 23-year-old who said he has won many races in his career, said the Lincoln course was not fast Sunday, mostly due to a wind of 10 to 15 miles an hour.
Five months ago, Easley, 32, was giving birth to her second child. She took six weeks away from running.
“Temperature-wise, today was perfect,” she said.
During a 2012 race in Houston, Easley qualified for the Olympic Trials.
Men's marathon: 1, Mario Macias, Manitou Springs, Colo., 2:21:17; 2, Abraham Kogo, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2:25:44; 3, Eric Noel, Lincoln, 2:30:10; 4, Troy Harrison, Waterfall, Pa., 2:31:50; 5, John Njoroge, Coon Rapids, Minn., 2:32:58; 6, Kenneth Rayner, Arlington, Va., 2:35:11, 7, Cory Logsdon, Omaha, 2:38:46; 8, Peter Kemboi, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2:38:46; 9, Eric Cogdill, Ankeny, Iowa, 2:39:05; 10, Tim Langdon, Omaha, 2:43:24.
Women's marathon: 1, Camille Herron, Warr Acres, Okla., 2:44:06; 2, Danna Herrick, Urbandale, Iowa, 2:44:12; 3, Hannah Kinberg, Lincoln, 2:53:50; 4, Frankie Petersen, Lincoln, 2:54:31; 5, Megan Earney, Overland Park, Kans., 2:54:42; 6, Kaci Lickteig, Omaha, 2:56:41; 7, Shannon Suing, Lincoln, 2:58:20; 8, Emily Shertzeg, Jonestown, Pa., 3:01:06; 9, Jessica Wuellner, Dubuque, Iowa, 3:01:58; 10, Christy Nielsen, Omaha, 3:02:13.
Men's half-marathon: 1, Robert Wambua,Coon Rapids, Minn., 1:07:00; 2, Luke Humphrey, Royal Oak, Mich., 1:07:21; 3, Neil Wolford, Hastings, Neb., 1:08:31: 4, Sammy Rotich, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1:08:57; 5, Eric Rasmussen, York, Neb., 1:09:01; 6, Julius Bor, Las Cruces, N.M., 1:09:27; 7, Kyle Smith, Broken Bow, Neb., 1:10:36; 8, Tom Nichols, Lincoln, Neb., 1:10:41; 9, Michael Rathje, Lincoln, Neb., 1:10:47; 10, Tim Meyer, Brookings, S.D., 1:13:43.
Women's half-marathon: 1, Bridget Easley, Lincoln, 1:21:38; 2, Megan Zavorka, Omaha, 1:21:50; 3, Natalie Como, Omaha, 1:21:58; 4, Michelle Paxton, Lincoln, 1:23:18; 5, Amanda Lee, Boulder , Colo., 1:23:24; 6, Alysha Davis, Gillette, Wyo., 1:23:53; 7, Emily Kraus, Omaha, 1:23:55; 8, Hayley Sutter, Lincoln, 1:24:07; 9, Anne Shadle, Columbia, Mo., 1:25:35; 10, Nora Youngs, Lincoln, 1:26:42.
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