CONDITIONS YIELD FAST PACE
IN 13.1 MARATHON®
November 15, 2009: A perfect South Florida morning presided over the 13.1 Marathon Ft. Lauderdale November 15 and Pedro Gonzalez and Julie Mallon responded by shattering course records on their way to top finishes in the men’s and women’s divisions.
Gonzalez, a track
What started as a two-man race with Gonzalez and 2008 champion Cobi Morales lasted until mile eight where the 30-year-old Gonzalez surged ahead. “I heard him (Morales) struggling and he was breathing hard so I kicked,” Gonzalez said.
recovering from a dislocated shoulder after being hit by a taxi on a training
run in September, finished in 1:13:55. The 35-year-old
Mallon lopped more than six minutes off the course record and was never
challenged as Tami James, 35, of Davie, was a distant second in 1:27:52. Caterina
Lancia, 44, of
Mallon, who was running her third race since her daughter was born, was also the seventh overall participant to cross the finish line.
“It felt great to be out there and get my racing legs back under me,” said Mallon, a former Stanford All-American. “It’s been surprisingly easy to get back in shape.”
The half marathon
wound through downtown
The 13.1 Marathon
Series is in its second year after its inaugural race a year ago in
turned out to be a really great event for the running community in South
Florida,” said Dave Scott, Race Director for US Road Sports & Entertainment