Runners tackle Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, Half-Marathon

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Thousands of runners from near and far battled through chilly and wet conditions during the annual Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday morning.

Erin Hogston, left, and sister Marissa DeLeo Whitehurst.
Erin Hogston, left, and sister Marissa DeLeo Whitehurst.

This year’s event featured multiple races, including the 26.2 mile trek, which got underway at 6:40 a.m. at Wrightsville Beach, and concluded inside Mayfaire Town Center.

Gavin Finley, 35, of Durham, took first, completing the course in just over two and a half hours (02:31:00) for a one-mile pace of five minutes and 46 seconds. Jamey Yon, 50, placed second at 02:34:31, while Wilmingtonians Timothy Nichols, 34, and Hugh Crews, 34, took third and fourth, respectively.

The top female finisher hailed from the Port City as 41-year old Christa Iammarino completed the run in 02:48:50. She joined three other women, including Alice Rogers, 37; Brittany Perkins, 26; and Erin Hogston, 35, to close the marathon in under three hours. That’s a running pace of under seven minutes per mile.

Running with the help of guide runners, Tyler Millard, 31, from Oak Ridge, North Carolina, crossed the finish line at 4:35:37. Millard has now run in four marathons after losing his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa.

From left-to-right: Jennifer Adams Pullum, Katie Craig and Skyler Pullum.
From left-to-right: Jennifer Adams Pullum, Katie Craig and Skyler Pullum.

As of early Sunday afternoon, Millard not only achieved his goal of successfully completing the Quintiles Marathon, he also raised more than his $1,000 objective for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Millard was the 395th runner to finish of the 483 competitors in the marathon.

Also included in this year’s race day were the half-marathon and marathon team relays. More than 1,300 people registered and completed the half-marathon. Tibor Veigh, 31, of Raleigh was first in the 13.1-mile race, completing the course in 01:11:16.

Click here for complete results from this year’s Quintiles Marathon Madness at Wrightsville Beach. The 26.2 mile marathon also serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, scheduled for Monday, April 18.

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