After all my husband's hard work and training he ran the Mountain Maryland Marathon yesterday and won it all!! 1st place baby!!! He is not one to brag, but I will do it for him, because I am so proud of him. He is awesome!!! It was a very hard course in the Mountains of Western Maryland, it had a 10.5 mile incline, so it was very steep. For those of you who don't know, a marathon is 26.2 miles. He finished in 2 hours 44 minutes and 4 seconds. That is an average of 6 minutes and 15 seconds per mile, although some miles he ran as fast as 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Unbelievable, I don't think I could run 1 mile alone that fast, and he kept that pace up for 26 miles!!! Oh yeah, did I mention he won a $1,000 first place prize! Here are some quotes from area newspapers.
CUMBERLAND, Md. — Hagerstown’s Doug Oates pulled away from the field to win the first Mountain Maryland Marathon in a time of 2:44:04 on Sunday.Oates, 30, defeated Paul Walters of Annapolis, Md., by more than 14 minutes to win the $1,000 first prize.
For Hagerstown resident Doug Oates, the marathon festival, presented by Life Fitness Management, was a moment to bask in the limelight of more than a year of high-level training. His winning performance — and a personal best time of 2 hours, 44 minutes and 4 seconds — earned him the $1,000 cash prize and the awe and respect of his wife, Laura, who had surprised him in coming to the Queen City to watch him complete his trek through downtown Cumberland and conquer the 10.5-mile incline along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Adam also got in on the running excitement and ran his first race. He ran the kids 400 meter race which is equivalent to 1 lap around a track. He ran the whole way and loved it. Here is a picture of a future marathon champ running his first race: