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Perrysburg man wins Glass City Marathon

Matt Folk is first three-time winner of the annual race

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Runners traveled through West Toledo and Sylvania on the marathon course.

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Perrysburg's Matt Folk became the first three-time winner in the 36-year history of Toledo's annual marathon today.

Folk won the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon with a time of 2 hours and 26 minutes. Folk, who also won the 26.2 mile marathon in 2009 and 2010, set a course record at the event which started and finished at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl.

“It means a lot,” Folk said. “It's a huge local race. I wanted to try to go after the record.”

PHOTO GALLERY: 36th annual Glass City Marathon

In the women's marathon, Jessica Odorcic of Madison, Ohio, took first place with a time of 2:51. Odorcic, 30, was competing in her first marathon and also set a course record.

Nearly 6,000 runners participated in the Glass City Marathon, which consisted of the marathon, a half-marathon, five-person marathon relay teams and a 5-K race.

Temperatures hovered around 37 degrees at the start of the race at 7 a.m.

Evan Gaynor of West Toledo won the half marathon with a time of 1:06. It was a personal record for Gaynor.

Maura Lemon of Dayton won the women's half marathon title. Lemon clocked in at 1:17, which also was a personal record.

Folk, 36, said the conditions, which included a slight breeze as temperatures rose into the low 40s, were good.

“The weather was perfect,” Folk said. “It was nice and cool. It got a little breezy in some parts. But we'll take this over what it could have been like.”

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