Motivated by the events of April 15th, two B.A.A. athletes took on the challenge of training for their first marathon. The result was a first and second-place finish for Brian Harvey
and David Chorney
at the Lehigh Valley Marathon on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The pair achieved their shared goal of qualifying for The 2014 Boston Marathon just hours before registration opened on September 9th.
Harvey and Chorney, both debuting at the distance, ran together for the first 22 miles before Harvey began pulling away. They finished in 2:31:33 and 2:33:52 respectively. Harvey, a two-time Division III All-American, boasts a half-marathon PB of 1:06:47 from the 2011 Philadelphia Half. Chorney, a steeplechase specialist, rarely races over longer distances. He ran 14:30 on the track at the Sam Howell Invitational this past spring and has never raced on the roads at a distance longer than 8k.
The pair will be on the lime on April 21, 2014 for the 118th Boston Marathon, leading a large contingent of B.A.A. runners who have also qualified and registered for Boston.
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