2,783 finishers ran to earn “Access Granted” to the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon
QUANTICO, VA (March 24, 2018) – U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant and All-Marine Running Team member Alex Drozd, 24, from San Clemente, CA, was the first of 2,783 runners to cross the Marine Corps 17.75K finish line this morning. His ribbon breaking time was 1:02:58. It’s fitting that Lt. Drozd captured the win while wearing Bib #1 at his first 17.75K event.
This year’s 11.03 mile run was highly anticipated, as the event sold out last
month in seven minutes and 25 seconds. Runners from 38 states and four countries faced Prince William Forest Park’s notorious winding trails, twisting turns and elevation changes. All finishers earned “Access Granted,” a guaranteed spot in the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon this October.
After finishing, Drozd stated, “The 17.75K is a great race. The forest was nice, cool and it had some great hills.”
The All-Marine Running Team finished strong today, finishing first and second in both Male and Female Overall Awards categories. Trailing Drozd was U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Hiram Tosco, 27, of San Jose, CA, who placed second among the men, finishing in 1:05:42. Evan Fallor, 26, of Arlington, VA, achieved the third place win with a time of 1:06:58.
17.75K women runners were led by U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christine Guerrero, of New Bern, NC, who captured first place while completing her run in 1:16:03. Joining her on the winner’s platform were U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Nikki Funkhauser, 24, of Sneads Ferry, NC, who took second after finishing in 1:16:57 and Andrea Patmore, 36, of Erie, PA, who completed the run in 1:19:18.
The 17.75K Masters category was won by Chuck Engle, 47, of Lancaster, OH (1:11:48). Also celebrated for her Masters win was Dawn Bryant-Kuhar, 47, of Vineland, NJ (1:25:21).
Patmore commented, “I ran the Marine Corps Marathon last year, so I was really hoping to get in again this year to run a second time. I love running the 17.75K course, the trails and hills make it an awesome experience.”
As runners completed today’s event, they received beautifully designed medals with an antique copper finish from U.S. Marines. These coveted medals mirror the tree-lined course the runners experienced as they ran through Prince William Forest Park.
The 17.75K distance commemorates the year the Marine Corps was founded (1775).
All unofficial results are available at www.marinemarathon.com. All finishers received a dedicated link by email with guaranteed access to register for the 43rd MCM. Access Granted registration must be completed by noon Eastern on Tuesday, March 27, to officially register for “The People’s Marathon.”
Registration for the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon costs $170 plus a processing fee and is open to ages 14-and-older. Runners ages 14-17 on Marathon day, October 28, 2018, will receive a 40 percent discount off registration as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative. The 43rd MCM will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital.
For more information about the 43rd MCM, visit marinemarathon.com.
About the Marine Corps Marathon:
Honoring the dedication, sportsmanship, and patriotism of its participants, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is also known as “The People’s Marathon,” as runners from all walks of life annually participate. The 43rd MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and United States Marine Corps, will be held October 28, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The MCM is sponsored by Arlington County, Brooks, GEICO Military and Leidos. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines