HARTFORD, Oct. 8 – It is an amazing sight to see athletes come across the finish line after running the 26.2 miles of the marathon or the 13.1 miles on the half marathon.
There is such joy on the faces of many runners. They’ve achieved that goal. They’ve overcome pain, exhaustion and fatigue to accomplish it.
Some runners struggle across the finish line. They’ve exhausted themselves and the fuel within their own bodies. Some look dazed and some need help to the medical tent for some treatment.
Still, most will have a smile of satisfaction to share.
There were 1,809 runners that completed Saturday’s Eversource Hartford Marathon under splendid conditions. Another 4,876 runners completed the half marathon. And there were nearly 2,000 runners – 1,959 to be exact – that sped around Bushnell Park in the 5K road race (3.1 miles).
Bushnell Park was a hub of activity on Saturday morning.
Former Farmington High runner Elizabeth Ryan, who graduated from FHS in 2008, won her first-ever marathon in 2:45.59. Ryan ran at Brown University and now lives in San Diego. Brian Harvey, who lives in Boston, won the overall race in 2:17.56 by nearly two minutes over Matt Pelletier of Sterling, who finished second for the fourth time.
Several area runners competed in the marathon, half marathon and 5K road race.
Burlington’s Mary Lynn Currrier, 52, was second in the women’s master’s division with a time of 2:59.23 and the 14th woman to cross the finish line. It was her 19th finish in the Hartford Marathon.
“It was a perfect day,” Currier said. “This is my home (Connecticut). I was born and raised in West Hartford.” Currier has completed over 100 marathons in her career and has run in three world championship events for the United States and participated the U.S. Olympic Trials five times.
Simsbury’s Shannon Siagusa was third in the women’s master’s division in 3:01.04 and finished 66th overall.
The top marathoner from the area was Avon’s Kevin Verge, who finished 90th with a time of 3:06.10. He was tenth in the age 35-39 age group. Burlington’s Tyler Lyon was 91st overall in 3:06.18. Ryan Geelan, 23, was the first runner from Canton to finish in 3:14.59 (142nd place).
Canton’s Wendy Pearson took fourth in her age group (60-64) in the marathon with a time of 4:32.01. In the men’s 60-64 age group, Burlington’s John Harrison was third with a time of 3:36.59 while Avon’s Peter Uzzi was eighth in 3:47.33.
In the half-marathon, Farmington’s Jon Krell was 13th overall with a time of 1:12.58 while Marisa Jones of Avon was 42nd in 1:21.38. She finished second in the women’s 30-34 age group.
In the 5K race, Avon’s Molly Hamel, currently a student at Georgetown, was 19th overall and the third woman to cross the finish line with a time of 18:44.