Faber Wins Twin Cities Marathon

08 OCT 2012
Faber Wins Twin Cities Marathon
It was lucky number 13 for Jeannette Faber. Continuing an impressive streak of setting a personal best in each marathon that she races, Faber lowered her PB by over 4 minutes to run 2:32:37 and win the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN. Her previous personal best of 2:36:50 was set this past January in Houston at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon.

The 2012 race was the coldest in race history with starting temperatures in the high twenties and warming up to the mid-30s at the finish. The cold temps resulted in a conservative start. Going through the half in 1:16:19, Faber felt good and at mile 14 began looking ahead. Over the next four miles, she caught the six women ahead of her, passing the last at mile 23. She not only held on, but pulled away to win by almost 2 minutes.

The race also served as the 2012 U.S. Men's Master's Championship, and the B.A.A. was represented on the podium there as well. Patrick Stumbras placed third overall in the 55-59 men's age group posting a 2:48:54.

With their fall marathons completed, both Faber and Stumbras are looking ahead. Stumbras already plans to race at the 117th Boston Marathon. While Faber has not yet selected a race, she has her sights set the outcome - a 14th consecutive personal best, with her eye on the 2:30 barrier.

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B.A.A. Moment 2

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The starting field of 38,708 for the centennial race stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions. The historic 100th Boston Marathon was monumental for another reason. It was the first time that a chip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon.