Elizabeth Foster Storm to Victory at Amica Marathon
Lonergan & Hillery Capture UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon
NEWPORT, R.I. - Heavy
Rains, cold temperatures and a fierce wind coming off the water didn't
stop thousands of runners from lacing up their sneakers and competing
in the Amica Marathon on Sunday in Newport, R.I.
North Kingstown's Kevin O'Neil separated himself from the rain-soaked
pack early on and stormed past the fleet of runners to capture the 2009
Amica Marathon. O'Neil, 39, won the 26.2 mile race in 2:42.50. Scott Bessette
of Mystic, Conn., was the runner up, finishing in 2:44.05. He crossed
the finish line just a fraction of a second ahead of Portsmouth's Danny
Gough, 41, who was clocked at 2:44.06.
Elizabeth Foster, 22, of Ellington, Conn, was the top female finisher
in the Amica Marathon. Foster, who was sixth overall, was clocked at 3:03:53.
Monique Wolanin, 40, of Pomfret Center Conn. took second among the women
with a time of 3:24:01.
Eric Lonergan, 24, of North Kingstown was the victor in UnitedHealthcare
Half Marathon. The former North Kingstown High and Rhode Island College
standout had a winning time of 1:10.34.
Former Providence College standout Trish Hillery, 42, was the top female
in the UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon. The Greenville resident's winning
time was 1:26.36.06. She placed 13th overall.
Both Lonergan and Hillery won the Willow Tree Half Marathon at the 2009
Cox Providence Rhode Races in May.
Nick Digani (Hoboken, N.J.) and Tom Stults (Boston, Mass.) teamed up to
capture Marathon Team Relay. The 26-year-old runners were clocked at 2:46:08.20
Overall, thousands of runners battled the harsh weather conditions and
participated in the 2009 Amica Marathon on Sunday. Runners - ranging in
age from 10 to 80 - came from as far away as Belgium to compete in the
Amica Insurance is the Title Sponsor of the Amica Marathon. Proceeds benefit
Providence Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of
automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters
in Lincoln, R.I., is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine
and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available
through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica
employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
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