Sharkey Prevails At Palm Beaches Marathon

He collapsed at the finish line due to the humidity.

Below is an excerpt from the race posted on Running USA.

Bryan Sharkey’s most gratifying marathon win came Sunday at the 10th Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest.

A former middle-distance star at Miami’s Gulliver Prep and Princeton, the 26-year-old Sharkey lunged for the finish line and kissed the ground as planned.

What wasn’t planned was the way he collapsed from exhaustion due to the rising morning humidity, resulting in a hour-long session at the medical tent to take two bags of fluids. He did make it back outside just in time for the Marathon awards ceremony though.

“I pushed my body to the limit,” said Starkey, who wore a Runners Depot singlet and crossed the tape in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 47 seconds, well ahead of New York City’s Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (2:45:52) and Bernd Weis of Dettingen, Germany (2:51:24). “This is what you train to do. Luckily I won.”

Like Sharkey, Abellan was worn out by the end of the race.  In addition to the humidity, early morning winds challenged the runners, particularly those who ran the full marathon.

“Right now I don’t want to think about another marathon,” said Abellan, a 30-year-old Columbia University MBA candidate running in his first marathon. “I expected I could push a different pace. But by tomorrow I will feel better and maybe want to try again.”

Jennifer Sober, 40, of Deep Creek, Md. won her first marathon in the women’s division (3:24:03) in her third appearance in West Palm Beach.

“This was the hottest marathon I have ever done,” she said of her 17th career race. “I live in the Appalachians and I knew I would have to adjust and be conservative. But my goal was to win from the start.”

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