- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2002

Christopher Juarez is no rookie when it comes to running marathons. But even with 11 of the 26.2-mile treks to his name, he still was open-minded enough to take some friendly advice from an elite marathoner.
And that advice was instrumental in his winning the 27th Marine Corps Marathon yesterday in Arlington.
"Around the fifth mile, two guys were pulling away from us," said Juarez, a 32-year-old contracting officer at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. "John Sence and I were running next to each other and he told me not to worry, just relax and let them go. They would come back."
They did, and eventually Juarez dropped his last competitor, Washington-based Ethiopian Retta Feyissa, before mile 21 and struggled home in agonizing fashion with a time of 2:25:01. It was the fourth-slowest winning time in race history but the first time a man from the U.S. Air Force grabbed the top prize.
Meanwhile, Liz Scanlon of Alexandria ran in second until leader Alisa Harvey dropped out before mile 18. Scanlon went unchallenged to the finish, ending in 2:57:27. Hers was the third-slowest winning time ever for a woman and the slowest since Joanna Martin with a 2:58:14 in 1979.
"I can't believe I ran so slow and won," said Scanlon, 31, a lab tech at the National Institutes of Health, who was just hoping to break three hours.
Weather conditions for the 14,621 starters were slightly warmer than ideal, with temperatures reaching into the 60s and a nagging headwind on various parts of the course.
Benjamin Sandy of Fort Riley, Kan., was third in 2:29:20 and 1999 champion Mark Croasdale of the British Royal Navy fourth in 2:30:46, leading his team over the U.S. Marines for the fifth straight year.
Scanlon, third in the Army Ten-Miler last weekend, was running in her fifth marathon. She won her first in 2:46, right out of college in 1994, the Bulldog Marathon in Oklahoma.
She was 1:43 behind Harvey at the midpoint but shortly thereafter, Harvey started to suffer from severe leg cramps.
Harvey said she struggled up Capitol Hill and finally quit after 18 miles. She was taken by ambulance to a medical station on the course and then released.
"At 15 miles, I was dying," Scanlon said. "When Alisa dropped out, I got a second wind."
Following her home were Jacaquline Chen, an Army podiatrist stationed in Landstuhl, Germany (2:57:27), and Mary Kate Sullivan-Bailey of Stafford, Va. (3:00:53), who were seventh and eighth, respectively, last year.
In the accompanying inaugural 5K race, 16 men outran marathon world record-holder Khalid Khannouchi. He came to town to attend the expo for sponsor Clif Bar, and his wife/coach, Sandra, decided to enter the 5K. He ran for fun while she won in 21:10.
"I nailed him at the start," Sandra said jokingly. "But I was looking over my shoulder at the end. I kept saying 'Please don't beat me.'"

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