By Jeff Foley
to the Times
While Chuck Terry and Bob Irwin, both members of the Albany-based Willow Street Athletic club, ran a gutsy first half together (1:14:30), Couillard was 52 seconds behind.
“I was running on pace,” said Couillard, who ran with a pace chart taped around his wrist. “I wanted to hit each mile within my time.”
Terry, 23, meanwhile, was running his first marathon. Coming off a summer racing season that saw him run several sub-15:00 5Ks, he edged away from Irwin around the halfway mark and ran alone until the finish was just four miles away.
The race, which started in Schenedtady’s
“Going into Watervliet, I wasn’t sure how big a lead I had,” Terry said. “I thought I couldhave it, but I was running so slow that I knew somebody would catch me by the end.”
After passing Irwin 20 miles into the race, Couillard quickly went by Terry. Last year’s third-place finisher, Couillard ran the final 10 kilometers in about 36 minutes and set a personal best by eight minutes.
“I’m improving every year,” Couillard said, “Like wine, I guess.”
After running in fourth for much of
When asked at mile 20 if he wanted water or a sports drink, Irwin jokingly replied, “a stretcher.” But he rebounded to take third in 2:34:22, a personal record by 20 minutes. Terry hung on for fourth (2:38:34).
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t have pushed the first half so hard,” Terry said. “People had warned me about that. It’s such a long race that anything can happen.”
“It felt good to get the win,” said Leitzinger, who is 38. She ran her fastest marathon (3:00:22) at the race in 2003. “But I can’t help but be a little disappointed that once again I missed my three-hour goal. I have a few more good years left in me.”
As if to emphasize that sentiment, 46-year-old Nancy Taormina was the second women (3:06:33).
“When it comes to marathons,“