On a warm day in late September, more than 4,000 runners stood alongside Łazienki Park for the anticipated start of the 33rd Annual Warsaw Marathon. Warsaw International Triathlon Club featured almost 10 runners in the event, including a handful of first-time marathoners.
The course first takes runners around the center of Warsaw, then through Łazienki Park, south along Soboskiego to Kabaty, and finally back towards the center along Czarneskiego. The 42.2km route was quite flat, making it a fast course for all competitors. John Sammy of Kenya was the overall winner with a time of 2:08:17 while Svetlana Stanko of Ukraine was the top female in a time of 2:31:28.
Our club members had a great showing. US-born Tom Flanagan finished in a competitive 3:43:58 with Grzegorz Bobrownicki-Libchen right behind him with a net time of 3:44:47. First time marathoners Mark Mulrainey, Margo Salamon, and Laurent Uhres, finished in 3:54, 3:57, and 4:25 respectively. Ken Globerman paced Mark most of the way, while training for the New York City Marathon – which was six weeks later. The race also featured first time marathoners Alex Hobley, Kasia Nosal from the club. Finally, Glen Gregory, Alan Parsons and Cristina Moldoveau each jumped in and ran a portion of the route.
After the race, about 10 other WITC’ers came to support the finishers over beer and well-deserved kielbasa near the finish line. We wrapped up the day with a celebratory dinner at a great Chmielna Italian eatery. All in all, a great day for the club!
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