Ninety-one runners conquer Roxbury marathon
Published 4:55 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Chuck Engle, of Coos Bay, Ore., set a course record Dec. 10 while winning the eighth annual Roxbury Marathon.
The West Coast athlete easily emerged on top from a field of 91 runners arriving in Roxbury from nearly every corner of the United States.
Engle, 40, covered the rolling 26.2-mile course in two hours, 43 minutes and 59 seconds, well ahead of his 2:52.29 clocking a year ago.
The event is named for Ed Sandifer, of Newtown, a former participant in the Roxbury road race series and veteran marathoner.
Bryson Smith placed second in 2:58.15, the only other finisher to break three hours.
Amanda Hill, of Wethersfield, was the top female runner with her 11th-place time of 3:24.51.
Proceeds from the marathon's $10 entry fee will pay for expenses, with the remainder going to the Roxbury road race series' T-shirt and grants funds.
Danbury resident Chris Deming, a regular in the weekly races, moderated the registration board through www.roxburyraces.net and helped mark the course, which included five trips through a 3.52-mile loop, following an 8.6-mile loop to start the event.
For the complete results, check www.roxburyraces.net.