Monday, April 26, 2010

25th Big Sur Int'l Marathon Wraps Up

With 4,600 registered marathoners, a total of 8,254 runners joining different events crossing the finished under a perfect spring day, the 25th offing of the Big Sur International Marathon was a resounding success.

It was also a big day for 23-year old Castroville native Daniel Tapia, a neophyte runner who clocked in at 2:26:09 to become the first Monterey Champion to win the event. "I didn't know what to expect," said Tapia. "It was amazing. It's a very emotional win for me. I couldn't ask for more."

In the women's division, 28-year old Veronica Clemens of New York finished first with 2:55:17 while fellow New Yorker Melinda Schwartz, 32, of Buffalo finished 13 minutes behind. “It was a really good run. All I’d heard coming in was how hard the course is,” said Clemens. She admitted that she started hurting at the 16th and 17th mile, "but otherwise I felt good," she said.

In all, the BSIM got runners from all 50 states and 29 countries. For the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge (special division for runners who competed in the Boston Marathon and traveled to compete in the Big Sur event), more than 300 showed up.

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