Runners Choice on Philly Marathon Day
BY JERRY NOLAN
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Runners were presented with three race choices on November 18th: A marathon, half-marathon, or 8K distances. It was clear but cold and windy as the runners awaited the 7am start. The wind would turn out to be a factor, especially for the marathon runners
Some changes were made in the previous marathon course, but essentially the 26.2-mile run took the participants through the business and historic downtown area, out Martin Luther King Drive, past the Art Museum, out Kelly Drive into the hills of Manayunk, and finally to the finish near the Rocky Steps of the Museum. The other races utilized part of the marathon course.
Finishing first among 2809 women in the first 26.2-mile event was Kristin Price, age 25, from Raleigh, N.C. with her time of 2:42:05. Paige Miller, age 24, from State College, PA was the second woman (2:43:59). Following her was Heidi Wolfsberger, age 27, from Moosic, PA (2:44:57). Miller was among a number of women who qualified for Aprils Olympic Trials (standard 2:47:00) as was a Philadelphian, Abby Dean. She finished fifth in 2:45:21. Price had previously qualified in another event.
Because the event numbers had increased considerably, the expo had to be moved from a circus tent in front of the Art Museum to Temple Universitys Liacouras Center on North Broad Street. Another sign of the increased interest in these races, especially the marathon, is that a cap had to be imposed on the marathon participants and no new applications could be taken at the expo. The three races were included in the Mid-Atlantic Association of USATF 2007 twelve-race Grand Prix Circuit.