Detroit Marathon 2011

October 17, 2011 by staff 

Detroit Marathon 2011Detroit Marathon 2011, With more than half of the race to go, Derek Nakluski of Kitchener, Ontario, was in the front and all alone. “I was counting the miles,” he said.

As it turns out, the biggest challenge Nakluski on the way to winning his first Detroit Free Press / Marathon Bank Talma was no competition, but the elements. “There were a couple of points where the wind takes the momentum away,” he said.

Nakluski, 29, became the 34th winner of the men’s marathon press today and covering the 26.2 mile course in 2:28.22. He finished just over a minute ahead of runner Viacheslav Shabunin New York (2:29:36). Shabunin, 42, also claimed the title of master of men. Nakluski takes home the prize and 3,000 the first place.

Another marathon runner 40 or so – Esteban Vanegas of Alma, 41 years – was third (2:33:12).

Nakluski, who competed in cross country in High Point University in North Carolina (graduated in 2002), said he was making the career of a free press his final marathon of the year. You deserve a break: it was his third marathon – and the second victory – in six months.

In early May, won the Marathon Nakluski Waterloo. A few weeks later, he was running in the Ottawa Marathon, but dropped out in the 25K because of cramps.

Today, the calves were Nakluski pain when shot down Fort Street on the way to the finish line. The use of a neon orange shirt Saucony racing – his sponsor – Nakluski was expecting a faster finish time, but was glad of cattle in a marathon field numbered about 4,000.

According to organizers, the marathon, half marathon, and lots of other races, attracted 20,940 participants – the largest field ever.

Nakluski said he entered in the marathon of press freedom, because – like Canada – was attracted by its two border crossings. I also knew at the time looking to win last year – Jordan Desilets 2:28:30 Pinckney – that would be competitive.

Greg Meyer of Grand Rapids, which was introduced last month in the Hall of Fame Sports of Michigan, says the Free Press Marathon in course record 2:13:07 he set in 1980.

Nakluski said his time would have been faster in 30 seconds or less if I had not gone astray in the 20K mark.

“We went straight and was supposed to turn,” he said.

Nakluski said it was too early to determine whether to defend his title next year. He works 25 hours a week making sandwiches at a McDonalds in his hometown, scheduling their hours around their operation.

“I’m not sure yet when my next race will be,” he said.

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