Brazil­ian con­tin­ues his suc­cess­ful run

First-time mom also wins

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Stephen Ruiz Or­lando Sen­tinel [email protected] or­lan­dosen­tinel.com or 407-420-5008

For the third time in four years, Marcelo Ave­lar of Brazil walked away from the Walt Dis­ney World Half Marathon on Satur­day morn­ing with the same feel­ing.

“I am very said.

Vic­tory tends to do that to a run­ner. Ave­lar crossed the fin­ish line in 1 hour, 8 min­utes, 54 sec­onds, more than three min­utes ahead of run­ner-up Jeff Martinez (1:12:00).

Tina Muir, an English­woman liv­ing in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar emo­tion. Racing for the first time since the birth of her first child, Muir pre­vailed in 1:19:45.

“It is dif­fi­cult when you are in the lead not to get caught up with paces and chas­ing times, but I still wanted to make my goal to en­joy it,” Muir said. “I made sure to smile as much as I could.”

More than 18,400 run­ners and walk­ers fin­ished the half marathon.

Walt Dis­ney World Marathon Week­end will con­clude Sun­day with the 26th an­nual marathon. About 15,000 run­ners are reg­is­tered for the race, which will start at 5:30 a.m. and begin and end at Ep­cot.

Ave­lar, 34, will be there. It will be his fourth race in four days as part of the Dopey Chal­lenge.

He po­ten­tially happy,” Ave­lar could be a four-time reign­ing cham­pion in the half marathon, if not for the weather. In­clement con­di­tions can­celed the Dis­ney World Half Marathon in 2017. Speak­ing of the weather … “It is very, very hot in Brazil now,” Ave­lar said. “Here is too cold and no good. Today is good weather. That is bet­ter for me.”

Muir led the en­tire way. She out­lasted run­ner-up Me­gan Curham, who fin­ished in 1:12:58.

Muir, 30, stepped away from run­ning to be­come preg­nant. An elite run­ner who said she has com­peted in World Cham­pi­onships and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, Muir left a key part of her be­hind.

She never knew she would re­turn.

“I did find that I missed run­ning,” Muir said. “Life is a lit­tle hec­tic with a baby. I did a lot of my train­ing with push­ing her in a stroller. I did a lot of my runs kind of here, there and ev­ery­where.”

Bai­ley, her 11-month-old daugh­ter, made the dif­fer­ence.

“Stand­ing on the start line, I could re­flect back on what I’d been through,” Muir said. “I could think of her in mo­ments of strug­gle. When I got across the fin­ish line, I could look for­ward to see­ing her and know that no mat­ter what hap­pened, she was go­ing to be there for me.” whether

Walt Dis­ney World Half Marathon

BE­GAN, ENDED IN EP­COT TOP FIN­ISH­ERS MEN WOMEN

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY DIS­NEY WORLD

Marcelo Ave­lar of Brazil won the 2019 Walt Dis­ney World Half Marathon on Satur­day in 1 hour, 8 min­utes, 54 sec­onds.

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