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Matthew Rodjom Takes Inaugural USABA National Champs at Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon

Places 33th Overall in an Impressive 1:23:44

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD, September 19 – Matthew Rodjom did not have to travel far from his Alexandria, Va., home to the start of the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon at Mount Vernon on Sunday.

Once he got there, he made quick work of the 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, finishing in 1:12:44 as the 33rd completer overall. He was the top finisher in the first-ever USABA (United States Association for Blind Athletes) National Half Marathon Championships.

The 30-year-old Rodjom crossed the majestic new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and passed 10 miles in 1:03:53. His average pace for the half marathon was 6:24 which he perfectly maintained for the hilly last five kilometers in the resort of National Harbor.

Fellow Alexandrian Tina Ament (with guide Kevin Tullier) was second in 1:59:05, placing 1,153rd overall. The 49-year-old hit the 10-mile split in 1:31:05. Veteran Paralympian Joseph Aukward, 49, of Bethesda, Md., was third in 2:08:08, good for 1,507th overall.

Rodjom, Ament and Aukward all were presented with USABA medals and certificates commemorating their participation in the inaugural USABA half marathon championships.

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