LINCOLN — Mario Macias ran 103 miles last week to prepare for the Lincoln Marathon. He ran for an hour Saturday to warm up. After winning Sunday's marathon, he looked like he was ready for more.
“I looked at this as a long training run,” the 30-year-old from Alamosa, Colo., said, smiling broadly after crossing the finish line at the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium in 2:21:56. With energy to burn, he led at all major check points along the 26.2-mile course starting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Leg cramping with about eight miles to go probably cost him the course record, Macias said. He resorted to shuffling rather than taking full strides to ease the cramping. His time was short of the 2:16:30 record set in 1985.
Although it was a plus to train at higher altitudes in Colorado, Macias said, the higher humidity in Lincoln made up for it. “I never drank so much water and Gatorade,” he said.
Kaci Lickteig won the women's division in 2:50:31.
“I've been wanting to win this race since I first ran in it in 2006,” the 25-year-old from Omaha said. But her thoughts turned quickly to her mother — Lori Leonard of Dannebrog — who was still on the course trying to run under four hours to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Leonard finished in 3:42:32, setting off a family celebration.
With a heavy breeze and humidity challenging runners, none of Sunday's winners set course records. Marathon winners earned first-place prize money of $2,000. Half-marathon winners were awarded $1,000.
Joe Moore, 28, of Minneapolis, won the men's half-marathon in 1:06:52. Angie Sandy, 35, of Alamosa, Colo., won the women's half-marathon in 1:21:23.
“I remember coming here 20 years ago to watch my parents (from Clay Center) run the marathon,” Moore said.
Sandy added the Lincoln Marathon championship to her national NAIA marathon championship earned in 1997 while running for Dana College. She was relieved early Sunday when the stormy clouds parted to send intermittent sunshine on the race course.
“I am deathly afraid of lightning,” she said.
Sandy's husband, Ben Sandy, stood by as his wife received accolades. He finished 10th in the men's half-marathon in 1:16:01.
Men's marathon: 1, Mario Macias, Alamosa, Colo., 2:21:56. 2, Mark Chepses, West Des Moines, 2:25:58. 3, Jerry Faulkner, Edmond, Okla., 2:26:30. 4, Tom Nichols, Lincoln, 2:31:50. 5, Robert Killian, Longmont, Colo., 2:37:35. 6, Aaron Carrizalas, Gering, 2:37:49. 7, Cameron Cummings, Omaha, 2:38:26. 8, Eric Noel, Lincoln, 2:40:07. 9, James McGown, Sidney, 2:41:52. 10, Troy Harrison, Waterfall, Pa., 2:43:24.
Women's marathon: 1, Kaci Lickteig, Omaha, 2:50:31. 2, Sara Day, Greenville, N.C., 3:02:22. 3, Jenny Schulze, Clive, Iowa, 3:03:49. 4, Joni Schmidt, Lincoln, 3:07:14. 5, Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, Pa., 3:08:04. 6, Christy Nielsen, Omaha, 3:10:01. 7, Meghan Schneider, Norfolk, 3:10:47. 8, Shannon Suing, Lincoln, 3:15:29. 9, Amber Sargent, Lewiston, 3:16:53. 10, Maria Longenecker, Lincoln, 3:17:18.
Men's half marathon: 1, Joe Moore, Minneapolis, 1:06:52. 2, Sammy Rotich, West Des Moines, 1:08:30. 3, Matthew Pohren, Omaha, 1:09:58. 4, Eric Rasmussen, York, 1:10:32. 5, Neil Wolford, Kearney, 1:11:59. 6, Matthew Schneider, Norfolk, 1:12:37. 7, Ivan Ivanov, Lincoln, 1:13:08. 8, Marcus Witter, Kearney, 1:14:33. 9, Lee Anderson, Omaha, 1:15:34. 10, Ben Sandy, Alamosa, Colo., 1:16:01.
Women's half marathon: 1, Angie Sandy, Alamosa, Colo., 1:21:23. 2, Michelle Paxton, Lincoln, 1:25:14. 3, Rachel Carrizales, Grand Island, 1:25:40. 4, Frances Petersen, Lincoln, 1:26:07. 5, Krysta George, 1:26:33. 6, Amber Brandenburger, Lincoln, 1:27:03. 7, Fran Benne, Lincoln, 1:27:45. 8, Courtney Mann, Omaha, 1:28:39. 9, Mary Timmerman, Omaha, 1:28:50. 10, Laurel Johnson, Omaha, 1:30:44.
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