Last-Minute Decision Pays Off For Marathoner

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 6, 2010

The 43-year-old endocrinologist was originally going to run the California International Marathon.

Jody Dushay of Newton, Massachusetts won the Palm Beach Marathon on Sunday. Her victory was her second-straight Palm Beach title. Dushay’s finishing time was 2:55:49. Dushy had not decided to run the marathon until last Wednesday and was contemplating competing in the California International Marathon instead.

Besides her win, Dushay, a married mother of three, had another reason to celebrate:

“I definitely made the right choice,” she said. “We had a really great weekend. It was our 20th wedding anniversary and we celebrated on Thursday.”

Dushay’s victory on Sunday was her fourth career marathon. Recalling how the race unfolded afterwards, Dushay mentioned the challenges brought on by the warm temperatures.

“At Mile 20 I was thinking it’s time to pick it up, but it was hard and it was a little hot,” Dushay said. “Now it’s more of a drag when you know those miles are coming. It was a lot easier last year in a way.”

For More: Palm Beach Post


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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