Two college students claim top finishes in 3rd Annual All American Marathon
A pair of college students with little to no marathon experience claimed the top male and female finishes in the 3rd Annual All American Marathon on Sunday 3 April 2016.
Isaac Reiss, a senior at North Dakota school Dickinson State University, was the overall marathon winner, finishing his first marathon in an unofficial time of 2:49.18.
The 23-year-old Shepherd, Montana, native said he entered Sunday's race to qualify for the marathon event in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in May.
Reiss and other participants in the event, which is a joint effort between Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, reported strong head winds along the 26.2-mile course.
Emily Allen, a 22-year-old in the dental graduate program at North Carolina, was the top female marathon finisher. She ran a time of 3:10.12.
Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Allen said the All American was her third marathon. She ran her first about a year ago.
A total of 3,704 racers signed up to compete in the All American Marathon or one of its concurrent races, the Mike to Mike Half Marathon and All American 5K. The number is up from last year when 3,414 runners took part.
The marathon race field saw the largest increase in participation with 828 racers turning out Sunday.
The 5K's field of 985 entries was just 15 shy of the event's 1,000-participant capacity.
For the third year, the half marathon field was the largest of the three races, totaling 1,891 runners.