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 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.