Lead runner is disqualified for illegal bib swap
QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 31, 2013) - While the MCM10K held on Sunday, Oct. 27 in conjunction with the 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) enjoyed record participation with 7,577 finishers, the first place 10K finisher has been disqualified for running with an illegal entry. After breaking tape across the MCM10K finish line at 32:20, the unidentified runner from France admitted he was participating while wearing a friend's bib and had not officially registered to run the event. After disqualifying the lead finisher, the MCM recognized Stephn Gedron, 25, of Lowell, MA, who finished the 6.2 mile event in 33:19, as the first place winner. Gedron's finish was the fourth fastest in MCM10K history.
"Though the MCM appreciates all participants whether from the United States or abroad, the MCM does not condone the illegal exchange of bibs," says Director Rick Nealis. "The MCM uniquely offers generous transfer and deferment policies for marathon runners but not for the MCM10K."
Glenn Collins, 38, of Novi, MI, who won the MCM10K in 2012, finished this year's event in second place completing the event in 34:07. Finishing just four seconds later, in 34:11, was Liam O'Connor, 19, of Alexandria, VA.
The first woman to win a second consecutive MCM10K was Susanna Sullivan, 23, of Falls Church, VA, who crossed the finish in 35:53, which was the second-fastest time among MCM10K results. Placing second was Laura Garrow, 25, of Blacksburg, VA who completed the event in 38:21, now the fifth fastest MCM10K on record. No stranger to the MCM, Garrow took first place among women runners at the Marine Corps Historic Half held on May 19 in Fredericksburg, VA. Not far behind Garrow, was Hannah Hanson, 33, of Frederick, MD who crossed the MCM10K finish in 38:43, while placing third, marking the sixth-fastest in event history.
The MCM10K began in 2006 and has sold out over the past four years with 10,000 registered. This year, there were participants from 49 states and 23 nations, with more than 63 percent of the field being female runners.
The MCM10K, which begins on the National Mall in Washington, DC, annually is hosted with the Marine Corps Marathon as both finish lines are located at the iconic Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn, VA.
For more information about the MCM or other events, visit the website at MarineMarathon.com.
The MCM10K was presented by Aetna and sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Arlington County. The MCM10K is organized by the Marine Corps Marathon, voted the "Best Marathon for Families" and the "Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic." No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.