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

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.