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Engle, Sweet Capture 2011 Amica Marathon
Leslie, Hollborn Win UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon
PROVIDENCE, RI – Charles Engle, 40, was the winner today at the 2011 Amica
Marathon in Newport, RI. Engle of Coos Bay, Oregon, completed the scenic
26.2-mile course in 2:36:51 to earn his 124th marathon victory.
"I absolutely love to run," said Engle. "I run about a marathon a week.
People think I'm crazy. But I think people that sit on the couch are
Engle, who works for Marathonguide.com, was pleased overall with his
"I was hoping to do about 2:34, 2:35 today, but the wind didn't allow
that," he said. "I started putting in some pretty good miles. When I was
about mile 20 someone said I had it by eight minutes. At 20 (miles) the
wind was pretty tough...but I'm not going to say it was everything because
we had a good tail win earlier on and that really helped out. I got lost in
the scenery. I won't blame the wind, the sun or the heat. I'll blame the
scenery for taking my breath away. The course was absolutely beautiful. It
was an awesome day and an awesome race."
Barrington's Michael Meehan was the runner-up and top Rhode Island
finisher. Meehan, the track coach at Barrington High School, crossed the
finish line under clear skies at Easton's Beach in 2:51:40.
Rachel Sweet, 26, of Rochester, NY was the top female. The SUNY Cortland
graduate recorded her first-ever marathon victory a winning time of
3:05:44. She defeated last year's Amica Marathon winner Michelle Gosselin,
of Providence, who placed runner up this year in 3:11:05.
"This was a beautiful, beautiful course," said Sweet. "My goal was to go
out there and win and run for a good cause."
Sweet's coach Matt Moran lost his dad (Kerry Moran) to traumatic brain
injury. Sweet and several others formed team "KJM" and ran in his memory
and to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury.
Scott Leslie, 30, of Rutland, MA, took the crown in the UnitedHealthcare
Half Marathon in 1:14.01.
"I had a very good race," said Leslie, the winner of the Cox Sports
Marathon at the 2010 Cox Providence Rhode Races. " The course was very
scenic and flat for the most part. I used this race as a test barometer to
see how my training is going for an upcoming marathon that I will be doing
in two weeks. I'm happy with the way I ran today."
Cumberland's Jason Reilly, 28, finished second in the 13.1-mile race. He
was clocked at 1:14:50.
Alanna Hollborn, 23, of Islip Terrace NY and Sweet's KJM and former
Cortland teammate, won her first half marathon today. She crossed the
finish line first among the women competing today in the UnitedHealthcare
Half Marathon race in 1:20.38. Meghan Fillnow of Charlotte, NC finished as
the runner-up in 1:26:15.
"We were running for our coach's dad and to raise awareness for a traumatic
brain injury. It was a good day," said Hollborn.
Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady won each other's hearts today. The couple
from Cumberland, RI, got married after crossing the finish line at the
Amica Marathon. Hoffman wore a white tennis skirt and veil and Ducady
sported a t-shirt with a picture of a tuxedo shirt on the front. Members of
the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training, both Hoffman and Ducady
have lost loved ones to cancer. In lieu of weddings gifts, the couple asked
friends and family to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Former Biggest Loser contestant Mark Kruger also was among the
participants. Kruger lost 129 pounds and was the runner-up when he competed
on the NBC show in 2008. The Amica Marathon marked Kruger's second
26.2-mile race in a seven-day span. Kruger finished today's Amica Marathon
"Today was a great race," said Kruger. "Terrific running weather, awesome
volunteers and a challenging and well designed course…throw that together
with 5,000 runners and the result was an unbelievable Amica Marathon."
Nearly 5,000 runners participated in today's event, which featured the
Amica Marathon and UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon and Team Relay. Runners,
who ranged in age from 14 to 88, came from as far away as Australia to
compete in the event.
Amica Insurance is the title sponsor of the Amica Marathon. Proceeds
benefit the Providence Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes.
For more information, visit AmicaMarathon.com
About Amica Mutual Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of
automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters
in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and
personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through
Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more
than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.
About Eident Sports Marketing
Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing
company based in Providence, RI. Eident has several properties in the
region, ranging from turn-key sporting events to sponsorship sales
alliances with key partners. For more information on Eident's events and
offerings, please visit eidentsports.com.