April 23, 2013

Three times a Half-Marathon champion


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Veteran half-marathoners might not have recognized the name, but there was no mistaking the runner.

Sara Dunham, who won the first two Plattsburgh Half-Marathons under her maiden name, Sara Facteau, returned to the winners’ circle Sunday, becoming the first three-time champion in the brief four-year history of the event.

Jeremy Drowne repeated as overall winner, becoming the first male to win the run through city streets twice.

Dunham, who passed up last year’s half-marathon to compete in the Boston Marathon, finished the 13.1-mile test Sunday in one hour, 21 minutes, 38 seconds. It was good enough for seventh, overall, in the field of 623 finishers.

The chilly (34 degrees) and windy conditions undoubtedly contributed to Dunham’s slowest time, yet, in the half-marathon. She ran a 1:20:54 in 2010 and a 1:19:00 in 2011.

However, her time was considerably faster than Hollie Heimer’s winning time for women last year of 1:27:20.

Drowne, in a race to the finish with 2010 winner Logan Franks, crossed the line in one hour, 17 minutes, 23 seconds. It was almost five minutes slower than Drowne’s winning time (1:12:22) of last year.

Franks, who won in 1:15:40 in 2010, was runner-up to Drowne in 1:17:54. Jim Medeiros, the 2011 winner, did not enter this year.

Michael Davis and Ryan Davis won the relay race in 1:34:32. They finished fifth in 2012 in 1:40:40.

The number of finishers (623) was down from last year’s record 705; however, the relay entries rose from 86 to 98.

See the complete list of finishers on Page B5.