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Aetna Greater Hartford
Marathon - Half Marathon & 5K
Hartford, CT

October 13, 2001

Reuben Chesang,Chapel Hill, NC - 2:19:00

Liodmila Kortchaguina, Tampa, FL - 2:39:33

Timing & Results by:
Granite State Race Services



HARTFORD - OCTOBER 14, 2001 (Reuben Chesang, a 38 year-old Kenyan now of Chapel Hill N.C. broke out quickly Saturday morning to easily take the Aetna Greater Hartford Marathon title and a check for $6,000 while defeating his closest rival by over four minutes.  Chesang, from Nakuru, Kenya, won with a 2:19:01 time. The course record 2:16:59 was set in 1997 by Simon Peter.

The race helps feed Thanksgiving dinners to one person in need for each runner and volunteer at Saturday's marathon. Some 7,500 people may be served as a result of the race.   Funds were also collected to benefit the families of New York City Fire Department victimized by the September 11 attack on the U.S. Funds were also raised for the Arthritis Foundation, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Diabetes Association.

Brazil's Luiz Ramos ran second at 2:23:19 and Wilson Kagiri of East Brunswick, N.J. ran third (2:28:00). Twenty four bands performed along the 26.2 mile course with over 10 parties in full swing along the route. A free concert was held downtown after the race.

Ludmilla Kortchaguina, 30, of Orol, Russia won the women's marathon 2:39:35), easily defeating her countryman and good friend, Tatiana Maslova (2:43:56) and fellow countryman Alena Vinitskaya (2:44:26).

Mike Owens, 28, of Goshen, CT (2:35:57) and Mary Dunn, 49, of Cheshire, CT (3:00:30) were the top Connecticut marathon finishers. Each was presented with the Advest Mercury Portfolio, a prize of leading marathon sponsor's stocks valued at about $1,000.

Gabriel Muchiri, a 23 year old Kenyan,  briefly ran off the half marathon course onto the marathon course then retraced his steps to go on and win the half marathon (13.1 miles) in 1:06:20. Tomix Costa (1:07:26) ran second while Bryce Lyindmood of New Haven ran third (1:08:03).

Tammy Slusser, 36, of Monroeville, PA returned to Hartford to win the women's half marathon in 1:20:06.  She has finished with top ten marathon finishes in the preceding three years. Melissa Perkins-Banas, of Norwich (CT) ran second (1:21:05) and Lisa Vaill, 38, of Pine Plains, N.Y. finished third (1:21:14).

Two Amherst (MA.) runners battled for the Huck Finn 5K (3.1 miles) honors
Erik Nedeau, 30, ran a 15:05 while Paul Low finished second (15:08). Chris Chisholm, 39, of Farmington (CT) ran third (1541).

About 6,000 competed in the marathon's eighth running, under warm sunny skies. Race organizers said pre-registration had been especially robust this year. They added, however, that there far more "no shows" this year than before due perhaps to the recent terrorists' attacks, but that runners from 42 states, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Chile, Finland, German, Hungary, Kenya, Russia and over 90 Connecticut towns and cities participated.

For additional information, please contact the race office: Tel 860 652-8866, email: hartfordmarathon@erols.com. or visit the web page: www.hartfordmarathon.com

Top 10 Men in the Marathon
1) Reuben Chesang,  Chapel Hill, NC   38 M  2:19:00
2) Luiz Ramos,  Brazil  36 M  2:23:29
3) Wilson Kagiri, East Brunswick, NJ 26 M  2:27:59
4) Andrey Kusnetsov, Rockville, MD 40 M  2:30:33
5) Mike Owens, Goshen, CT 28 M  2:35:56
6) Lowell Ladd, Carlisle, PA 26 M  2:38:51
7) Lance Baier, Oakdale, CT 31 M  2:41:01
8) Glenn Caffery, Leyden, MA 40 M 2:41:25
9) Guy Gordon, Newton, NJ 43 M 2:41:46
10) Istvan Szabo, Mogyorod 43 M 2:43:12

Top 10 Women in the Marathon
1) Liodmila Kortchaguina, Tampa, FL 30 F 2:39:33
2) Tatyana Maslova,    35 F  2:43:55
3) Alena Vinitskay,  28 F  2:44:24
4) Barbara McManus, Worcester, MA 33 F  2:59:34
5) Mary Dunn, Cheshire, CT 49 F  3:00:26
6) Jamie Liu, Lincoln, MA 32 F  3:06:56
7) Lynn Mueller, Lancaster, NH 38 F  3:07:51
8) Ellen McCurtin, Danbury, CT 34 F  3:09:36
9) Deborah Gaebler, New York, NY 36 F  3:11:26
10) Susan Haryasz, Longmeadow, MA 40 F  3:11:52




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