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Published: 4/22/2012 - Updated: 1 year ago

Perrysburg man wins Glass City Marathon

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

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Runners traveled through West Toledo and Sylvania on the marathon course. 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.”

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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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