BUFFALO — Mount Morris native Tim Chichester and Conesus native Laura Anderson each took home 1st place in last week’s Buffalo Marathon.
In the men’s race, Chichester finished with a time of 2:18:06, a pace of 5:16/mile over the 26.2 mile course. In the women’s race, Anderson finished with a time of 2:57:06 at a pace of 6:46/mile over the same course.
For Anderson she has run a different road to her high level of competition now completing 15 marathons including Buffalo, but this is her first 1st marathon win.
“Winning in Buffalo feels like a hometown win for me, it’s a city I love, home to many family and friends and we are die hard Buffalo sports fans,” said Anderson.”To have my first marathon win be on that course, surrounded by so many people I love and care about is incredible. Running, with or without winning, is so much about the people you meet, the people you run with, the people you get to share those ups and downs with at the finish lines.”
This is also the first marathon that Anderson has run since giving birth to her daughter on April 29 of 2017.
“I took most of pregnancy off and didn’t return to running until June of last year,” said Anderson.
Even after she started running again, Anderson didn’t start preparing for her marathon return until January.
“I really needed to be conscious of not doing too much too soon and making sure I was doing it for the right reasons,” said Anderson. “I really embraced a slow gradual return, running for the sake of running.”