Marathon winner

Bradley Reach of Marion, Ill., broke the tape at 2:39:51.

The organizers of the Myrtle Beach Marathon decided to move the race a few weeks later than in the past, hoping for a better shot at good weather.

The move paid off this weekend with runners saying the cooler, but not cold, temperatures were perfect for an early morning run through the streets of Myrtle Beach.

Nearly 2,000 runners entered the 26.2 mile marathon with Bradley Reach of Marion, Illinois breaking the tape at 2:39:51.

Matthew Leonard of Johnson City, Tennessee finished second followed by Greg Doyon of Boston, Massachusetts.

The first female full marathon finisher was Lauren Liuzzo of Somerville, Massachusetts with a time of 3:02:58.

Of the 1,826 runners entered in the full marathon, 1,425 finished the course with an average time of 4:32:16.

An ecstatic Liuzzo said she had finished second in marathons before but it was her first time crossing the line first.

The course record was set in 2012 by Stuart Moran from North Carolina with a time of 2:26:26. The female record holder is Kathleen Castles who set the record in 2011 with a time of 2:40:11. Of note, she was the overall winner that year.

Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill, North Carolina won the Dasani Half Marathon with a time of 1:11:07, followed by Daniel Spaulding of Valencia, Pennsylvania and Daniel Matena from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Almost 3,000 runners signed up for the half marathon with 2,484 completing the race with an average time of 2:22:57.

This was the 19th marathon held in Myrtle Beach. Next year’s race is slated for March 4, 2017.

Race organizers said they wanted to thank the hundreds of volunteers who worked the entire weekend to make event a success again this year.

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