by Clay Shaw
Spring 2021 rolls on with no big-city marathons or major races. Only smaller cities like York, PA; Salisbury, MD; Canton, OH; and even Atlanta, GA (by moving it out of the city to a speedway) have been able to manage as the country emerges from a pandemic. A number of speedy marathoners came to York to run on the fast, mostly-crushed-limestone rail trail; 370 finished the marathon. In 2020 the event was held in October, which made a bit of a bother for some who wanted to do both York and Gettysburg Marathons. Last year on their rescheduled dates they were six days apart; in 2021 they both reverted back to their normal weekends (three weeks apart).
Collin Wainwright of Media, PA, who won the 2020 October marathon, returned to win again by running 2:32:44, setting both a PR and a course record. Jake O’Neill of York, wearing his York College of PA kit, took second in 2:39:02. O’Neill ran much of the marathon with teammate Daniel Forry of Columbia, PA, who did a sub-3 of 2:58:37 to place 12th overall. Adam Wytko of Columbia, MD took third in 2:49:24 and was the first master. Nate Tagg of Lancaster placed 4th overall in 2:52:05. Nick Baxter of Tampa, FL, who followed the lead Elliptigo for a large part of the race, placed fifth in 2:53:25. Fifteen men broke three hours.
Lillian Chreky of Great Falls, VA won with a new course record of 3:01:05. Jessica Ponds of Austin, TX was second in 3:09:20. Angie Jenny of Grove City, PA was third overall and top master, in 3:09:28. Erica Singleton of Washington, DC was fourth in 3:10:56. Kim Corrans of New York City was fifth overall and top 50 year old, in 3:13:52.
A shout out to Amy Sipe of Dallastown, PA, first York County female in 3:44:44. We saw quite a few members of the New Jersey Marathon Maniacs who besides running marathons, do jumping-for-photos quite well.
Editors Note: The Bob Potts Marathon ran from 2009-2015 on a very similar rail trail out and back; however, it started and finished at York College and traveled farther south on the rail trail. The York Marathon started in 2016, and its course starts in York City at the YMCA on Newberry Street and finishes in Lafayette Plaza at Milepost 21 of the rail trail.
- 2:32:44 Collin Wainwright, 26, Media, PA
- 2:39:02 Jake O’Neiill, 22, York, PA
- 2:49:24 Adam Wytko, 40, Columbia, MD
- 2:52:05 Nate Tagg, 35, Lancaster, PA
- 2:53:25 Nick Baxter, 31, Tampa, FL
- 2:53:45 Josh Flanhofer, 37, Gibsonia, PA
- 2:54:19 Kei Namba, 35, New York, NY
- 2:54:38 David Hathaway, 50, Elyria, OH
- 2:56:29 David Cowles, 25, East Lyme, CT
- 2:58:13 Fergal Byrne, 46, Yonkers, NY
- 2:58:15 James Weaver, 29, Denver, PA
- 2:58:37 Daniel Forry, 22, Columbia, PA
- 2:58:57 Alan Yorke, 48, New York, NY
- 2:58:58 Buck Kinney, 31, York, PA
- 2:59:49 Atsushi Goto, 42, Jericho, NY
- 3:01:05 Lillian Chreky, 24, Great Falls, VA
- 3:09:20 Jessica Ponds, 38, Austin, TX
- 3:09:28 Angie Jenny, 41, Grove City, PA
- 3:10:56 Erica Singleton, 38, Washington, DC
- 3:13:52 Kim Corrans, 51, New York, NY
- 3:18:40 Robyn Engman, 34, Reston, VA
- 3:18:44 Emily Burch, 34, Savannah, GA
- 3:19:00 Kristen Heinzel, 21, Pennington, VA
- 3:20:28 Emily Castellano, 37, Mechanicsburg, PA
- 3:22:04 Shelby Foster, 27, Conshohocken, PA
- 3:22:19 Teghan Simonton, 23, Irwin, PA
- 3:22:43 Kimberly Blaich, 43, Port St Lucie, FL
- 3:22:44 Bridgette Van Valkenburgh, 16, Pasadena, MD
- 3:22:55 Jennifer Perry, 40, Dalton, PA
- 3:23:49 Courtney Woodfield, 47, Newtown, PA
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