Canadian man wins his first Detroit marathon as Polish woman scores second win
Provided by Associated Press
Participants persevered through a light rain, chilly temperatures and strong winds Sunday along the 26.2-mile course of the 34th Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon.
In the end, it was 29-year-old Derek Nakluski crossing the finish line first for the men and 43-year-old Wioletta Kryza of Poland with the fastest women's time.
Kryza also won the marathon in 2005. Her time Sunday was 2:44:09.
"I'm very happy. Detroit is my lucky town," she told the Free Press after the race.
Kryza said she now has 28 victories in races of 26.2 miles.
Nakluski's win was his first in the Detroit race. The Kitchener, Ontario, resident finished with a time of 2:28:22. He ran alone for much of the course, finishing a minute ahead of Vyacheslav Shabunin.
"Being by yourself makes it a little more difficult," Nakluski told The Detroit News.
The weather was his greatest challenge.
"There were a couple of spots where the wind takes your momentum away," Nakluski told the Free Press.
More than 20,000 people participated in the event, which also included a 13.1-mile half-marathon, 5-person relay and the American Home Fitness 5K.
Last year's event drew 19,749 participants.