Maine Marathon runners brave rainy conditions

Posted Oct. 02, 2011, at 9:29 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2011, at 2:15 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Maine man has won this year’s Maine Marathon.

Evan Graves, of Caribou, won Sunday’s 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 53 seconds, with 31-year-old Lucas Churchill, of Bolton, Mass., finishing second.

Among women, 34-year-old Stephanie Crawford, of Dover, N.H., won in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 8 seconds, with 29-year-old Laura Hutchinson, of Holyoke, Mass., coming in second.

Organizers say more 3,000 runners finished the marathon and the half-marathon races, which began and ended in Portland.

As part of the event, 100 soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines marched the course to pay tribute to military personnel who have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The service members marched the route in full uniform while carrying 30-pound military backpacks.