Dymond sparkles at Hawk Indoor Marathon

December 31, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Laurie Dymond of Chambersburg, Pa., set a women's 40-and-older world record at the Hawk Indoor Marathon on Monday at Hagerstown Community College, finishing the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 23 seconds.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — An indoor marathon is a unique event.

Laurie Dymond is a unique woman.

The 47-year-old mother of three from Chambersburg, Pa., was the top female finisher Monday at the first Hawk Indoor Marathon at Hagerstown Community College.

Dymond completed 211 laps of HCC’s 200-meter indoor track — or 26.2 miles — in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 23 seconds. Her time was a world indoor marathon record for masters (40-and-older) women. The previous record was 3:22:24, set in 2011 by Antje Muller of Germany.

“That’s pretty cool,” Dymond said. “My name’s on the list.”

The event, which was a fundraiser for HCC’s track and field and cross country teams, had 16 entrants, 14 starters and 13 finishers.

Dymond finished second overall in the race behind men’s winner Matt McDonald, 43, of Hagerstown, who won in 3:16:24.

“I really didn’t have a time goal today,” Dymond said. “I just wanted to run by feel and see what I could do.”

She certainly did a lot in 2012. Monday’s race was her fifth marathon of the year. She also ran the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon in November.

While her miles of training might seem countless, they’re not.

“After this race today, I ran 4,422.68 miles in 2012,” Dymond said. “I ran every day this year.”

McDonald is a longtime standout runner. His résumé includes the Pennsylvania state cross country title he won in 1987 as a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School and three top-10 finishes in the JFK 50 Mile.

He said he entered Monday’s indoor marathon on a whim.

“It just looked like a neat thing to do,” he said. “I saw it in the paper, and I thought, ‘Why not?’”

McDonald took the lead on the first lap and never relinquished it.

“I’m just happy to finish,” he said. “The second half was rough. It wasn’t bad until about 2 hours in, and then I just started feeling sick.”

Bryan Seifarth, 28, of Hagerstown, was the second male and third finisher overall in 3:21:13.

“It was a challenge,” Seifarth said. “I just tried to zone out because everything was the same.”

Jay Jacob Wind, 62, of Arlington, Va., finished hot on Seifarth’s heels in 3:21:25, setting what was believed to be a 60-and-older world record for the indoor marathon.

Kathleen Luzier, 44, of Boonsboro, was the women’s runner-up in 3:25:22, while Erin Hub, 18, of Woodsboro, Md., took third in 3:27:46.

Hawk Indoor Marathon
1. Matt McDonald, M, 3:16:24; 2. Laurie Dymond, F, 3:20:23; 3. Bryan Seifarth, M, 3:21:13; 4. Jay Jacob Wind, M, 3:21:25; 5. Kathleen Luzier, F, 3:25:22; 6. Erin Hub, F, 3:27:46; 7. Michael Pulley, M, 4:10:58; 8. Brittany Churchey, F, 4:28:33; 9. Mary Zielinski, F, 4:28:38; 10. Jerome Staniszewski, M, 4:29:12; 11. Becky Walter, F, 4:29:23; 12. Thomas Chang, M, 5:24:57;  13. James Patterson, M, 5:27:40.

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