Earlier today saw the gun go off for this year’s ING New York City Marathon. Given its cancellation last year due to Hurricane Sandy, many went out east with renewed excitement for the race, having had to forgo it last year.
Two such runners were BRC/adidas athletes Alisha Williams and Mattie Suver, both Colorado Springs locals and members of the American Distance Project. Last year, Williams skipped NYC due to its cancellation, and went on to win the California International Marathon (also in a hurricane, coincidentally). Suver, on the other hand, has focused primarily on the “shorter” road distances over the last year, with incredible success, although she did compete at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Both women, also training partners, went into NYC with deservedly high expectations. Williams hopedto dip beneath 2:30, while Suver hoped to “put herself in a good position to be competitive” and notch a time in the low 2:30’s. The two went in favored to be among the top Americans.
They did not disappoint, although a nasty headwind for the duration of the race dashed any real possibility of running such fast times regardless of the fact that the fitness was certainly there for the both of them. Suver came through in 2:41.18–a nearly 10 minute marathon PR for her–to finish as third American, and 18th overall among an incredible international field. Williams clocked 2:47.04 to be the 7th American woman with a solid 23rd overall.
“It was a bit of a rough day for everyone,” Williams said, “but NYC was an amazing experience!”
While the times perhaps were not what the two were hoping for, both hung tough the entire way and proved their mettle once more among the nation’s top runners.
Look for Suver and Williams to lead BRC/adidas at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships on December 14th.
Way to go ladies!