ATLANTIC CITY – The skies cleared on Sunday, October 13 for the 2,000 runners of the 55th Annual Atlantic City Marathon who participated in the half and full marathons that began in front of Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
“The weather conditions did affect the number of finishers slightly for the Atlantic City half and full marathons on Sunday, as well as the Shore Medical Center 5K and 10K races. Total for race weekend was 2,600 finishers,” Director of Race Services for the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series Marg Mancuso said. “However, the skies cleared on Sunday and the half and full marathoners ran determined, dedicated and delighted to be enjoying the beautiful course that highlights not only Atlantic City, but Ventnor, Margate and Longport, NJ as well.”
Top overall male finishers for the marathon were Birhamu Tadssem, Washington, DC with a time of 2:25:05; Moges Taye, New York, NY with a time of 2:33:49; and, Felix Vazquez Jr., Bayamon, Puerto Rico with a time of 2:49:33.
Top overall female finishers for the marathon were Waynishet Abebe, Washington, DC with a time of 2:51:53; Tezata Dengersa, Washington, DC with a time of 2:54:39; and, Kelly Gillen, New York, NY with a time of 3:09:06.
Top overall male finishers for the half-marathon were Ayele Feisa, New York, NY with a time of 1:06:11; Girma Bedada, Philadelphia, PA with a time of 1:09:06; and, Tekele Gebreluil, Washington DC with a time of 1:09:56.
Top overall female finishers for the half marathon were Askale Merachi Wegi, Briar Cliff Manor, NY with a time of 1:16:09; Cynthia Jerop, Coon Rapids, MN with a time of 1:16:11; and, Meseret Basa, New York, NY with a time of 1:17:00.
Top overall male finishers for the Shore Medical Center 10K were Jophiel Roman, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico with at time of 34:42; Timothy Smith, Hainesport, NJ with a time of 38:32; and, Steve Antczak, Northfield, NJ with a time of 40:18.
Top overall female finishers for the Shore Medical Center 10K were Jennifer Lucas, Edison, NJ with a time of 42:54; Stephanie Clark, Philadelphia, PA with a time of 43:58; and, Samantha Zaretzky, Wayne, NJ with at time of 44:08
Top overall male finishers for the Shore Medical Center 5K were Jose Maria Sanchez, Freehold, NJ with a time of 20:00; Eddie McCoy, Villa Rica, GA with a time of 20:17; and, Matt Stopa, Egg Harbor Township, NJ with a time of 20:42.
Top overall female finishers for the Shore Medical Center 5K were Fauve Haney, Atlantic City, NJ with a time of 24:35; Michele Per, Egg Harbor Township, NJ with a time of 24:48; and Arelia Paz, Ventnor City, NJ with a time of 25:10.
There were 104 participants in the Atlantic County Council of Education Association Kids Fit Final Mile on Saturday that was kicked off with appearances by area mascots including Cha Cha the Frog from Rainforest Café, Seaweed the Sea Turtle from the Ocean Life Center in Atlantic City, Super Can from the ACUA, from the Cape May Police Department Scruff McGruff, Ocean City High School Red Raider, Absegami High School Brave and Ocean City Martin C. Mollusk.
The race on Sunday was preceded by a two-day Sports & Fitness Expo at Caesars Grand Palladium Ballroom that featured exhibitors from all over the country selling and displaying their merchandise including sneakers, fitness apparel, energy bars and more, there were also informational and educational exhibitors and speakers, live course descriptions and more.
“We need to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers for making race weekend a success. We could not have done it without the support of the municipalities, area businesses and our volunteers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Mancuso said.
Official sponsors of the Atlantic City Marathon include Shore Medical Center, 95.1 WAYV, the Milton & Betty Katz JCC, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Spirit Airlines, Steve & Cookies by the Bay, Revel, Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood, PowerBar, The Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City Weekly, AtlantiCare, Just4Wheels, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, The Current Newspapers and Nirvana Water.
New sponsors for 2013 include NJ Best College Savings Plan, Kline Construction, Honest Tea, Courtyard Marriott, Atlantic County Council on Education Associations and Tropicana Casino Resort.
For more information on the Atlantic City Marathon visit www.acmarathon.org.