WASHINGTON – The 38th Marine Corps Marathon took place Sunday with participants traversing Washington and parts of Virginia near the Pentagon.
The winners were Girma Bedada,33,of Columbia,Ga.,for the men,and Kelly Calway,29,of Manitou Springs,Colo.,for the women.
Scot Seiss,46,of Rocky Ridge,Md.,won the wheelchair race,and Alfredo Delossantos,44,of Hopewell Junction,N.Y.,won the hand crank division. In the wheelchair race,competitors are seated upright,while in the hand-crank division,competitors are in low-slung,three-wheeled cycles and sit in a reclined position.
The race capped registration at 30,000 entries and had an unofficial tally of 23,480 runners who finished,the second-highest number of finishers in Marine Corps Marathon history. 2012 was the only year with more finishers,at 23,519.
Both years had the same number of registrants but this year was 3 degrees colder,a possible cause of fewer competitors finishing.
Many racers use their times from this marathon to qualify for other major races throughout the year,such as the marathons in Boston or New York.
The Marine Corps 10K,which was on Sunday as well,had the highest number of finishers ever at 7,576.
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