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RRCA National Half Marathon Championship - the Marine Corps Historic Half - is a Huge Success

The Race Is Right! For Drew Carey and Record Number of Runners

By Brenda Barrera, For the Washington Running Report

Nearly six thousand runners finished in the half marathon.  This year’s Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, VA was “The Right Race” for 5,679 finishers from all 50 states, including TV’s “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey.

Not only did the rain hold off for the participants and the comedian (who has lost more than 70 pounds), but the sun peeked out from the grey sky just as he achieved his goal. Wearing bib #1, Carey, who was in the Marine Corps during his 20s, fired the starting pistol then jumped into the race and crossed the finish line in a net time of 1:57:02.  The actor, born May 23, 1958, is just shy of his 53rd birthday. Had his age been noted in the results he would have been in the top third of his age group, 79th of 288.

Wyatt Boyd, 26, from Washington, DC (below) improved on his 2010 runner-up spot with a resounding victory in 1:13:53.  Boyd took off from the pack at mile 3 and ran the rest of the race solo. Admitting that probably was not the smartest move but it worked here.

“It feels amazing to win,” said Boyd, whose goal coming into the race was a top 10 finish. “I love the whole MCM series, there’s a huge sense of pride in their events.”

Todd Neville, 37, from St. Augustine, FL (RRCA North Florida State Rep) took the next spot in 1:17:23 followed by Jesse Stump, 28, from Catonsville, MD in 1:18:11.

Lanni Marchant had a busy week. The Canadian had just earned her law degree at Michigan State University and was driving across the country in a move to Tennessee where she competed as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Stopping in DC and Virginia to visit former teammates would be ideal midpoint break from the long drive, she said. They all decided it would be fun to run the race.  The hills might not have been fun, but the end result certainly was. Marchant’s 1:21:27 time set a new event record ahead of the 1:23:59 set by Arlington’s Mary Kate Bailey in the inaugural 2008 race.

“I got in last night and didn’t even look at the course,” said Marchant who wanted to run faster, but was nonetheless pleased given all the changes in her life. Next up is to study for the bar exams and run the Ottawa Marathon which serves as the Canadian National Marathon Championships.

Lori Buratto, 40, from Spokane Valley, WA finished second in 1:25:50 earning the runner-up award and the top masters honors.  Her time would have won it all in 2009-10 and finished fourth overall in 2008. Only 2008 runner-up Martha Merz (1:24:51) has run a faster masters time. Springfield’s Katie Fabish, 20, finished third in 1:26:17.

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