CARY — One runner completed an incredible weekend double and another had an amazing marathon debut Sunday at the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon. In addition, “Rudy” ran the companion GNC Half Marathon race.
Actor Sean Astin, who starred as “Rudy” and was in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, finished the half-marathon in an official time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 55 seconds.
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) March 15, 2015
Bryan Morseman of Bath, N.Y., (shown in the picture with race director Kaz Yahyapour), finished first in the men’s race a day after winning Saturday’s inaugural Montgomery (Ala.) Marathon. As you would expect from somebody running on back-to-back days, his winning Tobacco Road time of 2:32:39 was a bit slower than his Saturday finish of 2:24:40.
Morseman, who also won Tobacco Road in 2013, beat Fayetteville’s Stephen Marthy by nearly 12½ minutes on Sunday. It was Marthy’s second consecutive runner-up finish at Tobacco Road.
Another notable marathoner running Tobacco Road was Larry Macon of San Antonio, Texas, who holds the world record for most marathons in a year. He ran 239 from Dec. 1, 2012, to Nov. 30, 2013.
The marathon is one of 8 USATF North Carolina championship races. Boone’s Caleb Masland cruised to a nearly 20-minute victory over Raleigh’s Colin Jones in 2:34:53. In the women’s race, Cary’s Kari Springer won by more than 20 minutes over Cocowinity’s Kay Evans in 3:10:52.
Tara Richardson of Wiggins, Colo., a graduate student at Wake Forest University, won the women’s race in her marathon debut. Her time of 2:45:39 was fourth-best overall, and allowed her to finish 13½ minutes ahead of Karen Blodgett of Fairport, N.Y.
Kenyan Hillary Too, who trains in Chapel Hill, won the half-marathon in 1:08:23 to outpace Nick Schuetze of Rome, Ga., by nearly 2 minutes. Too set a course record at the Cowtown Half-Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month with a 1:06:02 time.
Michelle Lilienthal of Portland, Maine, beat Durham’s Caitlin Bullock by 36 seconds to win the women’s race in 1:15:53.
The race, in its sixth year, starts and finish at the USA Baseball Complex and is run entirely by volunteers, with the proceeds going to various charities.