Matt Manning was disappointed with the weather when he awoke Saturday morning, but you couldn’t tell by the result he produced at the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon.
Manning made two trips around the 13.1-mile course with a winning time of two hours, 31 minutes, 37 seconds. Manning’s time easily eclipsed the event record of 2:34:57 set last year by Samson Kipchirchir.
“I was hoping it would be a little cooler. Its been in the 30s the past few days, and that’s ideal running weather to me,” said Manning, who said he lost about a minute and a half because of the warmer conditions.
Kristi Wenstrom was the women’s open winner running a time of 2:53.27, and finishing third overall. Renowned marathon runner Chuck Engle, who has won more than 100 marathons in his career, was second overall with a time of 2:39:57.
For Engle, a 40-year-old native of Lancaster, Ohio, the time was an event record for the Masters Division. Dave Getz, 54, won the Grand Masters with a time of 3:23:08.
Jennifer Palermo, 41, was the top finisher for the women’s Masters at 3:18.30, while 52-year-old Suzy Seeley, a former Baton Rouge Beach Marathon women’s champion, won the Grand Masters at 3:25.30.
Manning, who earlier this year ran the Boston Marathon in 2:24, was running in the Baton Rouge event for the fifth time, but only the third for the full marathon. He had a pre-race goal of running 2:30, a mark he said he missed as a concession to the weather.
“The temperature was in the 50s, so I tried to be a little more conservative,” said Manning, who ran alone with the lead after the first half mile. “When I got to the second loop and the sun came out, I started slowing down a little, but I only dropped off a minute and a half.”
Wenstrom, a New Orleans resident who originally hails from New York, had only run one previous marathon, the 2004 New York Marathon. She began training again about a year ago, and said she was satisfied with her winning time.
“My focus was on my time and my pace, finishing strong and not hitting a wall,” Wenstrom said. “Honestly, when I looked at previous winning times for this race, I thought I would win, but you never know who’s going to show up.”
Ted Zderic won the half-marathon for the second consecutive year with a time of 1:20.:14, about two minutes off his pace from a year ago. Zderic noted that it was also the second year in a row that the full marathon winner ran a faster first loop.
“The same thing happened last year where I was fortunate the real fast runners were doing the full marathon,” Zderic, 39, said after Manning and Engle both ran their first loop under 1:18.
“It’s a great course. It’s pretty fast, but its got a little bit of hill so it breaks it up. It’s surprising more people don’t do this race.”
Rosalie Teeuwen, 31, was the fastest woman in the half-marathon turning in a time of 1:32:36.
Although she placed fifth at last month’s 10-mile Golden Flier race around the LSU lakes, Teeuwen said she had no expectations of winning.
In the Masters division, a pair of River Ridge residents turned in the fastest times for their respective genders. Marianne Garvey, 50, ran 1:41:46, and Andre’ Olivier finished at 1:29:09.
David Shumate, a 52-year-old Clinton native, won the Grand Masters at 1:30:06, as did Baton Rouge’s Cyndie Keene, 54, who took the women’s division with a time of 1:42:44.