The 2017 Runners Marathon of Reston on Sunday was paced by 20-year-old Ben Connelly.
Connelly, a club runner at the University of Virginia, took the 26.2-mile race in a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 57 seconds. He was the only runner to complete the course in under 3 hours.
We are just now receiving word that Ben Connelly is your 2017 Reston Marathon CHAMPION!!!
— Club Running at UVA (@UVaClubRunning) April 9, 2017
The rest of the male Top 5 included Robert Young (3:01:10), Erick Kuhlmann (3:03:06), David Simons (3:03:15) and Scott Melchior (3:05:05).
The winner of the women’s marathon was Kacey Gibson, an assistant coach for the Christopher Newport University running team. The 27-year-old completed the course in just under 3 hours and 17 minutes.
The rest of the female Top 5 included Alexandra Peterson (3:23:20), Paulina Campbell (3:23:31), Sam Kubica (3:24:09) and Erica Cline (3:37:30).
The half-marathon winners were Alexander Hetherington (1:21:17) and Brittany Leuenberger (1:28:25). Relay winners were “Team Fantastic Four” (3:25:10).
Race proceeds go to the Reston Runners Community Fund, designed to support the Reston community by providing scholarships to area student-athletes and financial support for athletic programs.
Photo of Connelly crossing the finish line via Runners Marathon of Reston/Facebook