ARNSTEIN AND COORDT CLAIM VICTORIES AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

ARNSTEIN AND COORDT CLAIM VICTORIES AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

ARNSTEIN AND COORDT CLAIM VICTORIES AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON
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ARNSTEIN AND COORDT CLAIM VICTORIES AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

Coordt Earns Record Fourth Victory

NAPA, Calif. - March 7, 2010 - Michael Arnstein, 33, of New York, NY andMary Coordt, 40, of Elk Grove, Calif. garnered wins today at the 32ndAnnual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM). They topped acapacity crowd of approximately 2,300 runners who enjoyed perfectweather for marathon running during their 26.2-mile journey through thepicturesque Napa Valley wine growing country. Cool, windless conditionsunder clear skies dotted by colorful hot air balloons helped numerousrunners score personal records on the fast, rolling marathon course fromCalistoga to Napa. The 2010 NVM served as the Road Runners Club ofAmerica's Western Regional Marathon Championship race. Arnstein's winning time was 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 26 seconds. Coordtcrossed the finish line at Vintage High School in 2:46:08 and added afourth NVM women's victory to her resume, the most ever by a woman atNVM. Coordt also won NVM in 1997, 2005, and 2009. Arnstein, who owns a small, New York-based software company, improvedupon a runner-up finish in this race in 2008. He has won several of the40 marathons he has raced, including last year's New Jersey Marathon. Kenneth Burgess, 29, of Piedmont, Calif. led for almost ten miles of themen's race as Arnstein was content to stick about 20 seconds back.Burgess, a naval engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard, was coming off across country season that culminated at the U.S. Armed Forces NationalCross Country Championships in Spokane, Wash. last month. "I'm coming off running pretty quick miles in cross country, so myinitial 5:45 per mile pace seemed slow to me," said Burgess, "but after13 or 14 miles I could feel the pace kind of creep up on me." Once Arnstein took the lead, he didn't relinquish it. Although heemerged as the winner, he missed a longtime goal. "I've been on a quest to break 2:30 in the marathon for a very longtime, about ten years," Arnstein said. "I was on pace for about 23miles. After that the wheels kind of fell off. The mind wants to go, butthe body doesn't respond. I always get really close. Always, I'm pushingmyself as hard as I can." Several feet from the finish line, Arnstein kneeled to the ground andbowed his head for several seconds to reflect on his race. Burgessfinished second in 2:40:16, a personal record time. Donald Courter, 34,of Mountain View, Calif. was third in 2:44:19, a five-minute PR. "This was a surprisingly fast course for me," said Courter aftercompeting in his first NVM. Arnstein, also, went home pleased, despite narrowly missing his race goal. "I'm extremely excited. It's been a dream of mine to win this race,"Arnstein said. "The event is super high class. If you want the highestquality marathon, the most beautiful scenery, the absolute bestorganization, you come here. It's by far the best marathon in the UnitedStates outside of the Boston Marathon. It's the kind of race that I wantto come back to every year." In the women's race, Coordt was initially accompanied by Abigail Larson(age 30, Salt Lake City, Utah) and Meghan Arbogast (48, Corvallis,Ore.). By ten miles, the contest was between Coordt and Arbogast. LastOctober, Coordt qualified for her fourth U.S. Women's Olympic MarathonTrials race while running a 2:45:00 PR at the USA Women's MarathonChampionships in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. She plans on running the2012 Trials in Houston. Arbogast, an accomplished ultra marathoner and athree-time Marathon Trials qualifier, was looking for a sub-2:46:00 timeat Napa that would also qualify her for the 2012 Trials. So, the pairworked together. "I told Meghan 'I'll try to run 6:19 minute (per mile) pace as long as Ican with you,'" said Coordt who had planned to run only 20 miles of therace because she is pointing towards the Two Oceans Ultramarathon inCape Town, South Africa on April 3rd. "At 20 miles I felt really good,and my husband wasn't there to pick me up. So, I was getting excitedabout helping Meghan to a qualifier, and decided to keep going." When Arbogast fell off Trials qualifying pace at 23 miles, Coordtjettisoned to the lead. "I was suffering a little bit more than I wantedat that point," Arbogast said. "My legs were just tired out. I knew atthat point that it was going to be really tough to make the Trialsqualifying standard." Arbogast finished 34 seconds behind Coordt, in 2:46:42, earning secondplace honors. Yiou Wang (24, Mill Valley, Calif.) ran strongly over thelast several miles, and captured third place in 2:55:00, a personalrecord. Molly Friel (42, Fresno, Calif.) and Abigail Larson, the earlyco-leader who is a two-time winter Olympian in cross country skiing,followed in 2:57:50 and 3:00:42 respectively for fourth and fifth places. Among masters (40 years and older runners), Robert Evans (43, PollockPines, Calif.) garnered the men's masters win in 2:46:40. Coordt, 40,earned women's top masters honors. Chris Houde (50, Carmichael, Calif.) won the men's wheelchair divisionin 2:22:05. There were no female wheelchair participants. In the accompanying, Kiwanis 5K Fun Run, Brian Collett (25, San Lorenzo,Calif.) was the men's winner in 16:55 and Michelle Lines (28, Chicago,Ill.) was first among women in 19:45. Full race results for the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon areavailable on the event's web site at www.napavalleymarathon.org. All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization)are donated to local charities in the Napa Valley. * * * * * *The Napa Valley Marathon appreciates generous sponsor support fromKaiser Permanente/Thrive, Calistoga Mineral Water Company, ASICS AmericaCorporation, Gatorade, Silverado Trail Wineries Association, Marathon &Beyond, Road Runners Club of America, USA Track & Field, MarathonFoto,Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, GU, CBS 5, Napa Valley Register, KVYN/99.3 The Vine, KVON 1440 AM, the Napa Running Company, KCBS 740 AM,Silverado Brewing Company, Napa Valley Bike Tours, Wine Country Inn/NapaValley, Clover Stornetta Dairy, and Calistoga Bed & Breakfast Consortium.

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