Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tabut edges Zablocki in Albany Marathon

Albany MarathonAt Gulf Winds Track Club's Tallahassee Marathon on 3 February 2013, the first three runners finished within 26 seconds of each other. Chris Zablocki of Essex, Connecticut came out on top of that struggle. Four weeks later Zablocki was involved in another close marathon in Albany, Georgia, where only 22 seconds separated the top two athletes. This time, though, the Connecticut marathoner was on the wrong side of the photo finish, as Edward Tabut of Coon Rapids, Minnesota won the seventh annual Albany Marathon in 2:21:04. Zablocki finished runner-up in 2:21:26. Another Coon Rapids runner, Robert Wambua, took third with a 2:24:13.


Taylor Evans saw to it that there was no similar drama in the women's competition. The Savannah, Georgia runner finished more than ten minutes before the next woman, recording a winning 2:58:14 and placing 13th overall. Second place in the women's division went to Peachtree City's Deanna McCurdy, who finished 34th overall in 3:08:17.


569 athletes finished the 2013 Albany marathon.


Top Ten Men, 2013 Albany Marathon
  1. Chris Zablocki2:21:04 ~ Edward Tabut (M, 29) Coon Rapids, MN
  2. 2:21:26 ~ Christopher Zablocki (M, 24) Essex, CT
  3. 2:24:13 ~ Robert Wambua (M, 23) Coon Rapids, MN
  4. 2:32:57 ~ Alan Black (M, 39) Hillsboro, GA
  5. 2:50:07 ~ Austin Knapp (M, 21) Auburn, AL
  6. 2:52:38 ~ Drew Rabun (M, 32) Pooler, GA
  7. 2:53:42 ~ Dave Weston (M, 41) Bentonville, AZ
  8. 2:53:58 ~ Jason Knight (M, 34) Rogers, AR
  9. 2:55:02 ~ Cam McCarthy (M, 26) Augusta, GA
  10. 2:55:15 ~ Joey Anthros (M, 31) Canton, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Albany Marathon
  1. 2:58:14 ~ Taylor G. Stephens (F, 22) Savannah, GA
  2. 3:08:17 ~ Deanna McCurdy (F, 38) Peachtree City, GA
  3. 3:10:05 ~ Diana Sitar (F, 27) Bradenton, FL
  4. 3:16:05 ~ Rebecca Trachsel (F, 38) Winchester, MA
  5. 3:16:58 ~ Suzanne McGuire (F, 33) McDonough, GA
  6. 3:25:02 ~ Melanie Caceres (F, 33) Lawrenceville, GA
  7. 3:26:41 ~ Deborah Edwards (F, 41) Tampa, FL
  8. 3:29:29 ~ Laura Griffin (F, 38) Augusta, GA
  9. 3:30:57 ~ Monica Wallace (F, 29) Atlanta, GA
  10. 3:32:05 ~ Maurya Lacey (F, 30) Alpharetta, GA

For anyone feeling not quite up to the full 42,195 meters of the marathon, Albany offered an option to race the popular half-marathon distance. Texas runner John Golden won the junior race, putting up a 1:12:49. Atlanta's Sarah Darvil was the fastest woman in the half marathon, running 1:24:34 to finish seventh overall. 634 runners completed the half marathon.


Top Ten Men, 2013 Albany Half Marathon
  1. 1:12:49 ~ John Golden (M, 20) The Woodlands, TX
  2. 1:17:07 ~ Joshua Horsager (M, 34) Columbus, GA
  3. 1:17:19 ~ Cody Mallchok (M, 20) Woodstock, GA
  4. 1:19:05 ~ Steven Bothe (M, 36) Newnan, GA
  5. 1:23:08 ~ Steve Lovell (M, 43) Paragould, AR
  6. 1:24:24 ~ Jack Plowden (M, 15) Albany, GA
  7. 1:25:27 ~ Allen Higginbotham (M, 36) Savannah, GA
  8. 1:25:58 ~ Bryan Caldwell (M, 47) Peachtree City, GA
  9. 1:28:48 ~ Paul Dates (M, 30) Columbus, GA
  10. 1:29:21 ~ Charles Carmen (M, 29) Columbus, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Albany Half Marathon
  1. 1:24:33 ~ Sarah Darvill (F, 28) Atlanta, GA
  2. 1:30:19 ~ Shannon Greenhill (F, 38) Marietta, GA
  3. 1:34:30 ~ Helen Phipps (F, 35) Lynn Haven, FL
  4. 1:35:29 ~ Heather Riniker (F, 21) Savannah, GA
  5. 1:36:41 ~ Virginia Westerby (F, 37) Cumming, GA
  6. 1:38:08 ~ Hayden Clapper (F, 20) Oviedo, FL
  7. 1:38:42 ~ Kimberly Decker (F, 31) Fort Mitchell, AL
  8. 1:39:37 ~ Lauren Clayton (F, 27) Macon, GA
  9. 1:39:58 ~ Molly Rodriguez (F, 38) Thomasville, GA
  10. 1:40:25 ~ Shannon Croft (F, 42) Columbus, GA

Albany Marathon Champions, 2007-2013
DateMenWomen
3 March 20072:30:56, Jared Nyamboki3:32:41, Wendy Donnan
1 March 20082:27:44, Simon Sawe2:37:26, Janet Cherobon
7 March 20092:19:01, James Boitt2:52:55, Kelly Williamson
6 March 20102:20:55, Jynocel Basweti2:37:57, Janet Cherobon
5 March 20112:17:10, Tesfaye Alemayehu2:43:15, Ludmila Stepanova
3 March 20122:23:50, Mutuku P Muas2:54:32, Mackenzie Howe
2 March 20132:21:04, Edward Tabut2:58:14, Taylor G. Stephens


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