LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2005) -- Brazilian Adriano Bastos led start to finish Sunday en route to his second victory in the Walt Disney World Marathon. Bastos, 26, of Sao Paulo, posted a time of 2:19:16 to lead the field of nearly 9,000 participants in the full marathon.
Bastos's time was the 18th-fastest Disney time ever, and his victory margin was more than nine minutes over Kevin Beck of Plantation, Fla., who finished second with 2:28:32. Defending men's champion Matthew Dobson finished fourth this year with a time of 2:33:42.
This is the fifth time a Brazilian has dominated the race and Bastos is the third two-time winner. Of the 25 best times in the history of the race, the only two posted since 1995 belong to Bastos -- in 2003 (2:18:33, 15th best) and 2005. He was unable to participate in 2004 due to illness.
Amy Shertzer, 27, of Monument, Colo., was the women's full marathon champion with a time of 2:56:06. Shertzer, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, is a native of Winter Park, Fla., and attended Lake Howell High School. The women's second place finisher was Dorian Meyer of Rumson, N.J., with a time of 2:59:36.
A quartet of female runners from Rochester, Mich., led the parade across the half marathon finish line. Sabrina Monro finished first in 1:19:24, followed by Leigh Daniel (1:20:47), Melissa White (1:20:52) and Jackie Rzepecki (1:21:14). The four runners are part of a women's Olympic development distance project coached by brothers Keith and Kevin Hanson of suburban Detroit.
Michael McGrane of Somerville, Mass., was the men's half marathon winner, leading the field of nearly 8,500 runners with a time of 1:13:08.
Paul Marmaro, 40, of Delray Beach, Fla., earned a notable Master's Division (age 40+) win in the full marathon. His eighth place overall (in 2:41:38) marked his seventh top 10 finish in 12 Disney starts.
A record 24,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes registered for the 2005 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon. Both events are among the 10 largest fields at their distance in the U.S.
New in 2006, the event will consist of a split-day format with the Disney Half Marathon scheduled for Jan. 7, 2006 and the Disney Marathon on Jan. 8, 2006.
Complete searchable results are available online at www.disneyworldmarathon.com.
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