WASHINGTON -- A day after a freak October snowstorm pushed through the D.C. region, more than 30,000 runners participated in Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon, which wound its way between Arlington County and the District of Columbia on a 26.2 mile route.
As Stars and Stripes reported, "[s]ome looked like they were dressed more for skiing than running. The previous day's pre-winter storm also turned anything that was not paved into a mud-caked quagmire."
Army Lt. Chad Ware, 27, who has been battling stomach problems, placed first with an official time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 16 seconds, which The Washington Post noted was a "personal-best by nearly 90 seconds and the race's best time in 14 years."
Tezata Dengersa, a 30-year-old from Turkey, won the women's division with an unofficial finish in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds.
While the majority of the route was relatively flat, runners faced uphill climbs on Lee Highway in Arlington through the second mile and again on Reservoir Road in the Palisades into the seventh mile.