Rachel Lindner Sets Women's Record in Event
SEABROOK, TX (March 18, 2017) – Katy's Calum Neff chased one course record while San Antonio's Rachel Lindner crushed another as the duo captured Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Texas State Marathon Championships here at Rex Meador Park during Saturday’s 14th annual Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon.
Three weeks removed from a 50K win at the Cowtown Ultra in Fort Worth, Neff, 32, the current Guinness World Record holder at the marathon and half marathon distances while pushing a stroller, was on pace half way through for Matt McCurdy's nine-year old 2:38:12 marathon course record, but settled for a winning time of 2:43:27 - second best in the race's history.
A two-time Ironman World Championship qualifier in 2010, Lindner, now 28 and the mother of two, is getting back to racing, specifically running.
Her 3:10:19 win today not only shattered Caroline Chamness' all-time best winning time of 3:15:16 from 2007, but also gave the former Texas A&M Aggie her Boston Qualifier that was wiped out after a fifth-place overall finish at The Woodlands Marathon two weeks ago due to a short course as a result of runners being misdirected by a race official.
Lightning nearly struck twice, though, as a race volunteer in place for the 5K start 20 minutes later inadvertently – thinking the 5K started instead of the marathon -- directed runners on to El Mar Lane off North Meyer Road in the race's first minutes before being quickly corrected.
Both of the marathon's runners-up - Houston's Olli Haavikko and Austin's Sky Canaves -- earned the RRCA Texas State Marathon Masters Champion designation for their respective 2:58:50 and 3:18:22 efforts.
It was Haavikko's ninth first or second place overall finish of a Texas marathon since 2014, while Canaves - 18 weeks pregnant - was the masters winner two weeks ago in The Woodlands.
Kevin Diverde, 25, and Sylvia Ly, 35, both from Houston, rounded out the top three overall in 3:00:19 and 3:49:55.
Diverde was the third and final runner from The Woodlands Marathon who ran a qualifying time here for the 2018 Boston Marathon.
The four remaining RRCA Texas State Marathon Championships were awarded in the Grandmasters and Senior Grandmasters divisions.
Houston’s Jacob Tonge, 54, and Pearland’s Donna Palmer, 51, took the Grandmasters crowns with their 3:31:37 and 4:21:31 times, respectively.
Both are members of the race’s Leprechaun Hall of Fame that recognizes runners who have completed a marathon or half marathon in 10 different years or have run 262 miles or more in various Seabrook Lucky Trail races.
Winning the Senior Grandmasters titles were Richmond’s Yong Collins, 62 and Houston’s Hamilton Hadebe, 60, with finishes of 4:14:29 and 4:15:18.
Collins, who was the women’s runner-up in the race’s inaugural year, 2004, ran the race for the first time in 2007, while Hadebe is training for a sixth finish at South Africa’s famed ultramarathon, Comrades Marathon, in early June.
Road Runners Club of America South Texas State Representative Lee Greb, who has finished the marathon or half marathon in 13 of the race’s 14 years, was on hand to present the new RRCA Texas State Marathon champions their medals, while the race presented each winner with their own finish line tape.
Legs of Fury, led by Daniel Imrecke, Pierre Mille, Nour Pinnow and Khou Truong, won the marathon relay in 3:02:40 by more than two minutes over their closest competitor.
Humble’s Steve and Paula Boone completed their 1,000th and 1,001st marathon as a couple. Steve, 67, has finished 676 marathons or races of greater distance while Paula, 50, notched her 325th finish on Saturday.
Saturday’s marathon results are at http://www.seabrookmarathon.org/results.
Registration for the 15th annual Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, to be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 will open soon.
For more information about the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5K and Relays, please visit www.seabrookmarathon.org.