(10-10-05) 25-year-old John Lucas from Eugene captured this year’s title at the 34th annual Portland Marathon. His winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 28 seconds was not close to a course record, but was impressive considering that Lucas had never run a marathon before.
Yumiko Minato of Portland won the women’s division in 2:44:30 beating second place finisher Wendy Terris of San Antonio, TX by over eight minutes.
Also notable is the fact that three out of the top ten finishers in the men’s race were from Eugene, OR, a town known for its running roots, and running talent. Among the top Eugene runners was Matthew Lonergan, husband of elite runner Marla Runyan who gave birth to their first child on Sept 1 of this year.