"First-Timer, Defending Champion Claim Maui Marathon Titles KA'ANAPALI, MAUI, HAWAII (Sept. 20, 2009) – Marc Collie of Canada and women's defending champion Yoko Yamazawa of Japan each won decisive victories at the 39th Maui Marathon held Sunday, September 20, 2009.
Over 2,600 runners representing 17 different countries were registered in the 26.2 and 13.1-mile events held in Maui.
Collie, 38, took the lead about two miles into the race, finishing in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 15 seconds – more than eight minutes ahead of Gregory Christopher of Kentwood, Mich., who placed second in 2:49:20.
"It was a lot of fun," said Collie, a resident of Cochrane, Alberta. "The marathon's aid stations were great and the volunteers are amazing." This was Collie's first Maui Marathon and he is already planning to return to for next year's event. "I look forward to enjoying a nice vacation in Maui now that the race is over," added Collie, who is staying for a week."
He didin't just win, he won by 8 Minutes! Way to go Marc!