Earlier this fall, Wanderers impressed at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington on October 30. Polly Jansen and Chris Verry recorded personal bests out on the course…Chris finishing in 3:10, good for 357th place out of more than 20,000 runners; and Polly in 3:19:55 and the 85th woman.
Here is Polly’s account of the race taken from her blog. “Overall, this race was fabulous. The Marines served as volunteers for the race and were themselves a profound presence. Crowd support was also top notch and except for this lonely highway portion of the race at around mile 21, there were plenty of energetic people encouraging us along the way. Being “Miss Consistent,” my race splits were laughably even. I ran with the 3:15 pace group for a few miles in the middle, but had to slowly watch them disappear around mile 17. Chris ran with blistering speed (actually incurring two really nasty blisters!) at sub 7’s for the first 30k. We got to see each other once on the course at an out-and-back section, so were happy to note that we were both on track to PR.”