Runner's delight at 10th annual Marquette Marathon
Cool, dry morning weather made for an ideal start to the 10th annual Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon Saturday.
Both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses featured significant elevation drops through gorgeous wooded scenery on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
Both races finished near Black Rocks on Third Street in Marquette.
While there were many highlights, one of the most memorable moments was when Marquette’s own Bill Sved finished his 300th marathon with a time of 4:16:24.
But as Alex Dennis put it, having the fasted time isn't always the most important part.
"Marquette is a beautiful place to run. We have lots of trails and the lakefront is awesome. I think a lot of people take for granted the sheer beauty of this place. So just getting out and seeing it. It doesn't matter how fast you are, it's important to be out there,” Dennis declared.
Dennis finished the Half Marathon in first place with a time of 1:17:24, despite pursuing decidedly more important achievements.
“It's my senior year at Northern so it's kind of tough to balance the running and the school work. Everything now is kind of on the back-burner at this point. The final year of school is taking presentence,” Dennis divulged.
Dennis says he is studying English and Philosophy and works at the Half Marathon’s title sponsor, Queen City Running.
At 71 years old, you might say Bill Sved has a little more free time than Dennis. He says he finished his first marathon in 1982. Moments after finishing his 300th marathon, we asked him about his plans for the future.
“I plan to keep doing marathons and possibility of some trail runs. I'm just going to keep going,” Sved stated.
Living in Marquette, he’s got plenty friends and family to support him along the way.
"The best part about this whole is all the people I’ve met, all the running friends that I have and the running community in general is just great and it's a great lifestyle,” Sved said.
Like most runners, he enjoys the cooler weather. In fact, he’s looking forward to the chilly U.P. fall and winter weather.
"Actually I usually run more miles outside in the winter than in the summer. There are less distractions and as long as you dress for the cold its ok,” Sved shared.
Congratulations to Alex Dennis and to Bill Sved and all the runners.
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