Over 300 people took part in the 47th annual Grandfather Mountain Marathon last Saturday and Jefferson resident Annette Bednosky took the crown as the top female runner in the race, completing the marathon in three hours, 28 minutes.
Bednosky finished nearly three minutes in front of runner-up Alisha Little of Lenoir and four minutes in front of third place finisher Phyllis Tsang of Charlotte.
This was the second win for Bednosky in a race at Grandfather Mountain in the last two months. She took home the top spot in the Critter Crawl 5K that was held in June.
The challenging race traveled for 26.2 miles and climbed an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet from the starting line to the finish line. The race began at Kidd-Brewer Stadium where the elevation sits squarely at 3,333 feet and ended at McRae Meadows in Linville where the elevation is 4,279 feet.
The overall winner was Boone resident Caleb Masland who blistered through the course in 2:47. He was a full 17 minutes ahead of second place Ron Fleming of Rocky Mount. Matthew Hitechew from Newland placed third.
None of the 320 runners were able to surpass the race records for the men’s and women’s finishing times, both of which have been in place for nearly 20 years. The men’s course record is held by Michael Harrison who set the mark in 1994 with a finishing time of 2:34. The women’s record belongs to Patti Shepherd whose 1997 finishing time of 3:01 has stood the test of time.
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