Matt Pelletier talks about his second-place finish in the 2013 ING Hartford Marathon.
From Lori Riley, Hartford Courant:
HARTFORD — Getachew Melese Asfaw, an Ethiopian who lives and trains in Washington, D.C., won the 20th ING Hartford Marathon Saturday morning in 2:19:23.
Erica Jesseman of Scarborough, Maine not only won the women’s marathon for the second time but she also qualified for the Olympic marathon trials with a time of 2:38:11. Jesseman won in 2011 and finished second last year.
Last year’s champion, Hilary Dionne of Charlestown, Mass. finished second in 2:39:37 and also qualified for the trials. Sarah Bard of Somerville, Mass. was third (2:43:13) and finished 13 seconds off the Olympic Trials qualifying time.
Julius Mbugua of Kenya won the half-marathon (1:05:13) and Megan Hogan of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. was the women’s winner (1:13:19).
Will Sanders of Wethersfield broke the 5K record, winning the 3.1-mile race in 14:54. Christa Ferguson of Wallingford was the women’s 5K winner.
“I wanted to at least take a shot at it,” Sanders said. “I didn’t know I was going to do it until I hit the first mile and the clock wasn’t even ready. I realized I was feeling good.”
Joe Darda of Willimantic, who was the top state finisher at Boston, ran the half-marathon today in preparation for next month’s New York City Marathon.
“As scary as that day was, I also realized it’s a highly unusual thing,” Darda said last week. “I don’t have any anxiety it will happen in Hartford or New York City. It will probably be the safest half and marathon I ever run.”
The race has grown over its 20 years: approximately 15,000 runners are expected to flood downtown Hartford and Bushnell Park for the races, which include a kids K at 9:30 a.m.
The races started at 8 a.m.