FOR ONE LAST TIME, FIRST TO FINISH LINE
Arizona man halts record-tying Disney World Marathon title
Giovanna Martins, of Brazil, crosses the finish line to win the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday. Martins won for the fourth time in a row and a record fifth time overall. She announced after the race that she does not plan to compete at Disney again.
Two years ago, Nick Hilton snapped Fredison Costa’s streak of four consecutive Walt Disney World Marathon championships.
On Sunday, the Flagstaff, Ariz., man deprived Costa again.
Hilton won the 27th annual Disney World Marathon in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 19 seconds. Costa, who said he had been battling illness, did not complete the 26.2-mile course.
“You get chills down your spine when you kind of know you’re coming into the finish,” Hilton said. “It’s just such an emotional moment that you get really excited. It feels just as special this time as the last, if not more so.”
Giovanna Martins of Salto, Brazil, won Central Florida’s preeminent marathon for the fourth time in a row in 2:54:19. It was the record fifth victory overall for Martins, who announced after the race that she does not plan to compete at Disney again.
As for Costa, the 42-year-old Brazilian residing in Kissimmee was trying to match countryman Adriano Bastos’ record of eight victories here.
Bastos (2:51:27) finished ninth.
“At the beginning, I was feeling OK, but after about Mile 10, that’s when I started feeling a little bit sick,” Costa said through an interpreter. “I feel sad because I couldn’t train the last seven days.”
The hot and humid conditions did not stop 14,106 runners and walkers from finishing. They just made pounding the pavement more difficult.
Hilton, 30, said he focused on hydrating properly and not straining himself too much during the first 13.1 miles.
“There were a couple of times where Fredison had surged within the first 10 miles,” Hilton said. “I just kind of let it happen, eased off the gas and ran the pace I knew I needed to run.”
By the 25-mile mark, Hilton said he was pretty confident he was going to win.
His body told him so. “I knew I had enough in my legs to get to the finish line, and I knew I wasn’t going to drop or fall apart or anything like that,” Hilton said.
Hilton finished nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Benjamin Xie (2:27:02) of Seattle.
Xie, who ran at MIT, completed his fourth marathon. He said he planned for the 2019 Boston Marathon to be his final marathon — because “it hurts,” he said — but was encouraged to attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
The day before Xie planned to earn a berth at the
trials at the California International Marathon in Sacramento last month, he got food poisoning. With the trials out of the question, Xie’s coach convinced him to run Disney so his training wouldn’t be wasted.
Xie, who ran a personal best, came prepared.
“I looked like a fool at the start because I had a hat with a bag of ice underneath it,” he said. “I was holding two water bottles. I was just a little camel in the beginning.”
On the women’s side, Martins’ five victories put her far ahead of anyone else. Five other women have won the Disney World Marathon twice.
“They have all been very emotional, but this time, it’s my goodbye from running the Walt Disney World Marathon as a competitive athlete,” Martins, 37, said through an interpreter. “It
was very emotional for me.”
Jordyn Kleve of Urbandale, Iowa, placed second in 2:59:07.
Lauren Szafran of Orlando was the only Central Florida runner, male or female, to place in the top 10. She finished eighth in 3:20:23. Walt Disney World Marathon Top men’s finishers
1. Nick Hilton, Flagstaff, Ariz., 2:22:19; 2. Benjamin Xie, Seattle, 2:27:02; 3. Luuis Barboza, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2:27:28; 4. Daniel Dos Santos, Fortaleza, Brazil, 2:39:20; 5. Tom Diliberto, Greenwich, Ct., 2:44:09; 6. Eric Kennedy, Jeannette, Pa. 2:45:35; 7. Jason Howe, Salt Lake City, 2:45:51; 8 Jessop Keene, Raleigh, N.C., 2:48:12; 9. Adriano Bastos, São Paulo, Brazil, 2:51:27; 10. Nate Hausrath, Fort Thomas, Ky., 2:52:00; 11. Guilherme Rigonatti, São Paulo, Brazil, 2:53:11; 12. Daniel Uriano, Coventry, Ct., 2:53:30; 13. Christopher Guerrero, Salinas, Calif., 2:53:39; 14. Mark Rabasco, Greenfield, Mass., 2:53:47; 15. Scott Shackleton, Austin, Texas, 2:53:56; 16. Johnny Guignet, Ocoee, 2:54:06; 17. Eliecer Pincheira, Santiago, Chile, 2:54:32; 18. Edgar Perez Figueroa, St. Simons Island, Ga., 2:55:40; 19. Derek Rehill, Phoenix, 2:56:08; 20. Benjamin Kassel, Davidson, N.C., 2:56:10.
21. Scot Ursum, Wyoming, Mich., 2:57:08; 22. Dylan Siska, Lake Worth, 2:57:30; 23. Brendan Jones, Morgantown, W.Va., 2:57:33; 24. Gavin Mead, Bracknell, United Kingdom, 2:57:58; 25. Rory Siska, Lake Worth, 2:58:08; 26. Nathan O’Connor, Porter, Ind., 2:58:44; 27. Jeremy McJunkin, Rochester, Minn., 2:59:24; 28. Marcio Casagrande, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2:59:33; 29. Daniel Erickson, Lithia, 2:59:39; 30. Robert Taylor, Madison, Wis., 3:01:22; 31. Michael Gfeller, Windsor Junction, Canada, 3:01:52; 32. Jimmy Touhey, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3:01:56; 33. Peter Kapelanski, Minneapolis, 3:02:10; 34. Angel Reyes Adorno, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, 3:02:12; 35. Edgar Aguilar, Passaic, N.J., 3:03:12; 36. Rodrigo Novais, BrasaLia, Brazil, 3:03:46; 37. Justin Edell, Louisville, Ky., 3:03:46; 38. Bruno Beilich, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:03:58; 39. Lucas Matos Fernandes, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:04:27; 40. Kevin Lewis, Denver, 3:05:03 Top women’s finishers
1. Giovanna Martins, Salto, Brazil, 2:54:19; 2. Jordyn Kleve, Urbandale, Iowa, 2:59:07; 3. Conceicao de Mario Oliveira, Taboão Da Serra, Brazil, 3:12:28; 4. Chelsea Ellis, Rye Brook, N.Y., 3:14:46; 5. Ana Ceclia Cunha, Salvador, Brazil, 3:17:14; 6. Alex Shackleton, Austin, Texas, 3:17:57; 7. Carolyn Renick, Bradenton, 3:19:28;
8. Lauren Szafran, Orlando, 3:20:23; 9. Claudia Brinkruff, Greenfield, Ind., 3:23:35; 10. Taren Weyer, Hudson, Wis., 3:24:13; 11. Annie Geary, Orlando, 3:24:39; 12. Laura Puopolo, Cambridge, Canada, 3:24:43; 13. Jaime Dawes, Rio Rancho, N.M., 3:25:11; 14. Andrea Orduna, Mexico, 3:25:28; 15. Caroline Ballam, Alexandria, Va., 3:25:40; 16. Karolina Viquez, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3:26:58; 17. Jessica Van Beek-King, Waunakee, Wis., 3:28:02; 18. Maryn Barrett, East Andover, N.H., 3:28:45; 19. Caroline Day, Rockleigh, N.J., 3:28:56; 20. Sarah Kondo, Brantford, Canada, 3:28:59;
21. Monica Samaca, Villavicencio, Colombia, 3:29:37; 22. Ashley Hyde, Shirley, Mass., 3:29:41; 23. Renee Sayce-Dant, Duxbury, Mass., 3:30:16; 24. Jennifer Blankenship, Xenia, Ohio, 3:30:58; 25. Caressa Barth, Winsted, Minn., 3:31:41; 26. Lisa Riordan, Simsbury, Ct., 3:32:33; 27. Lindsey Carter, Huntington Beach, Calif., 3:34:32; 28. Emily Wood, Boston, 3:34:50;
29. Emily Gehris, Owings Mills, Md., 3:35:20;
30. Maureen Chiodo, New Canaan, Ct., 3:35:37;
31. Jennifer Lovelock, Colchester, United Kingdom, 3:36:03; 32. Holly Bly, Tampa, 3:36:09; 33. Tina Daniels, Rochester, Minn., 3:36:39; 34. Chloe Scherpa, Feeding Hills, Mass., 3:36:46;
35. Sally Vecchiarelli, Winter Springs, 3:36:50;
36. Maiara Melo, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:37:06; 37. Ashley Jacobs, Arlington, Texas, 3:37:29; 38. Katie Norwood, Bangor, Maine, 3:38:17; 39. Fernanda Tomkiw, Curitiba, Brazil, 3:38:29; 40. Katie Senese, Littleton, Colo., 3:38:39