Mohammed Awol of Ethiopia was the first person to cross the finish line in the 2010 Buffalo Marathon. His winning time in the 26.2 mile race is 2:19:03. Awol was one of thousands of runners who started the race at 7:00 a.m. on Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo.
The first female to finish is a Ph.D. student at the University at Buffalo. Her name is Amy Frazier, she's from East Amherst, and she says she's new to distance running. "Before November I had never run more than five miles. I played lacrosse in college but never gone for a long run more than five miles," says Frazier. Her Buffalo Marathon winning time is 3:09:32.
"I guess about mile four or five I picked it up a little bit and then 10-18 I really started pushing and I think about 18 I pulled ahead and stayed ahead," says Frazier of her race strategy.
Chris Walters of Tonawanda is the half marathon men's winner, while Shakeia Wright of West Henrietta won the women's half marathon.
Eyewitness News staff members Ginger Geoffery, Jennifer Stanonis, Patrick Taney, and John DiSciullo tackled the marathon as a four-person relay team. Taney took on the first leg. "I got to run along the waterfront," says Taney, "The heat's a little tough and it's early. I can only imagine what the rest of the team is going to go through as the race progresses."
Channel 7 News Director John DiSciullo ran the second segment. "Through all the waterfront district, and down through Seneca street, up Exchange," says DiSciullo. He then handed off to Geoffery who ran from downtown to north Buffalo where Stanonis took over the final leg and ran back downtown to the finish line.
The Eyewitness News team finished eighth in the corporate relay division.
Channel 7 director Aaron Pike ran in the Half-Marathon portion for his first long distance run. Congrats to Aaron, the Channel 7 team, and all the runners who took to the streets Sunday.