Costa, High Win 19th Walt Disney World Marathon
Brazilian runner wins second straight Disney Marathon after fierce battle with perennial winner Adriano Bastos; Virginia Beach's Renee High easily takes women's title; field of more than 16,500 pushes weekend total to event record 56,000 runners
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
Posted Monday, 9 January, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (January 8, 2012) - Brazilian runner Fredison Costa did it again, holding off his heavily-favored countryman Adriano Bastos on Sunday to win his second straight Walt Disney World Marathon.
At the 19th edition, Costa, 34, waged a fierce battle with the 7-time champion Bastos, 33, throughout the 26.2 mile race through Disney's four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - before pulling away at the end. Costa crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 1 second - just 14 seconds ahead of Bastos (2:19:15), who had won six Disney Marathons in a row before Costa's back-to-back feat.
Renee High of Virginia Beach, Va. was the first woman to cross the marathon finish line. High, 30, who is scheduled to run at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next week in Houston, completed the race Sunday in 2:48:33 just ahead of Emily Kroshus (2:53:11) of Canada and Christa Stephens (2:55:10) of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Costa and Bastos ran virtually shoulder-to-shoulder through much of the race. But with about two miles to go, Costa inched ahead slightly and maintained that slim lead until the end to become the first person other than Bastos to win back-to-back Disney Marathon titles since Brazil's Santiago de Araujo did it in 1998 and 1999. Costa's time was even quicker than a year ago when he won in 2:21:15. Matt Hensley of Port St. Lucie, Fla. was third (2:23:11).
"I think a victory is a victory and they are always very special,'' Costa said through an interpreter. "But I think this was such a difficult time overcoming some things for me. I've been through so many things that this race was very, very special to me.''
Douglas Morton of Sebring, Fla. won the men's Masters Division (runners age 40 and over) in 2:35:52, while Terri Rejimbal of Tampa won the women's Masters Division (3:09:33). In the wheelchair division, Krige Schabort of Cedartown, Ga. (1:46:16) won for the fourth straight year.
On Saturday, Jose De Morais of Brazil won the 13.1-mile Disney Half Marathon in 1:10:12 and Rosa Chacha of Ecuador was the top woman finisher, posting a time of 1:16:43 at the 15th edition.
In all, runners from all 50 states and 60 other countries took part in a variety of Disney Marathon Weekend events, such as the Family Fiesta 5K, Kids Races and the Disney Half-Marathon in addition to the Disney Marathon. And once again more than 6,500 runners put themselves to the ultimate test - Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge - by running the half-marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.
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19th Walt Disney World Marathon
Lake Buena Vista, FL, Sunday, January 8, 2012
1) Fredison Costa (BRA), 2:19:01
2) Adriano Bastos (BRA), 2:19:15
3) Matt Hensley (FL), 2:23:11
1) Renee High (VA), 2:48:33
2) Emily Kroshus (CAN), 2:53:11
3) Christa Stephens (FL), 2:55:10
Full results and more at: www.disneyworldmarathon.com