NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Long distance runners from all over the country participated in the fifth annual Paine to Pain half marathon, which starts participants in New Rochelle and takes them through trails in various other Sound Shore towns.
In the men’s division, Mamaroneck-native Richard Marsico paced the field with a first place time of 1:23.27, followed by Morgan Thompson (1:24.40), Nicholas Pampena (1:26.51), Adria Botifoll (1:27.40) and Peter Yarema (1:28.16).
After the race, Marsico, who has run the race in the past, said that he didn’t anticipate his speed. He averaged just 6:20 per mile.
“Last year it was muddy, so it was more difficult. I was surprised, I ran faster than I thought I would,” he said. “We did a long distance relay race last month that I was training for; I guess I’m still in shape.”
Two women broke the course record at Sunday’s event: Deanna Culbreath – who let out a triumphant shriek when she crossed the finish line – finished in 1:31.39 and Caroline Mullen completed the race in 1:33.52. Rounding out the top five were Kat Hankinson (1:40.35), Shannon Sawyer (1:40.58) and Marianna Van Ooij (1:41.37).
During the race, the runners were taken on a tour of many of the trails and wooded areas in Sound Shore.
The half marathoners started their run at the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, before making their way through the Leatherstocking Trail past Larchmont and into Mamaroneck. Travelling parallel to Mamaroneck Avenue, the marathoners proceeded through a tunnel under the Hutchinson River Parkway and into the Saxon Woods trails in Scarsdale. Running on the Colonial Trail, they then made their way into Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester before taking a second tunnel back into New Rochelle for the home stretch. The half marathoners entered the Nature Study Woods before concluding at the high school track.
Everyone who finished the race was awarded medals by members of the NewRo Runners. While families waited for the participants, there were kids races, tents and massage therapy for the exhausted finishers.