Ethan Clary of Cutler Bay ran away from the pack early in the race and never looked back Sunday to win the Eighth Annual Michelob Ultra Miami Beach 13.1 Marathon.
Clary, 26, finished in 1 hour 10 minutes and 30 seconds, 3:12 ahead of Francisco Urbano of Malaga, Spain.
It was only the fifth half marathon Clary had run and his second victory. He competed for the University of Albany and moved to Miami three years ago.Urbano, a frequent runner, as surprised by his finish. He said South Florida’s heat and humidity played a role.
“I run three half marathons a month and have been running professionally for three years,” Urbano said. “I won my last race last weekend in Spain. But I ran a pretty bad race today. It was very tough. I’m used to running around 10 a.m., so I was still in rest mode at 6:15 when we started. The humidity was tough. It was a very tough race.”
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Emilie Ney of Miami Beach used her long-stride to finish five seconds ahead of Guadalupe Merlos of Miami and Adriana Piekarewicz, who finished in a virtual dead heat behind her. Ney won the thrilling three-woman race in 1:27:18.
Sunday’s race began on Ocean Drive and included a western trek across the Julia Tuttle Causeway into Miami. The scenic return to Miami Beach came via the MacArthur Causeway and past multiple docked cruise ships. The race concluded at Lummus Park on Ocean Drive.
“I do 15 miles every Sunday, so I thought I could get 13 out of the way and it’s always fun to get a race out of it,” Clary said. “It was windy today, but I led the whole way. I wasn’t expecting the hills to be as much of a challenge as they were.”
The race attracted 3,300 runners to South Florida. It’s the first of seven in a 13.1 series that extends from March through November across the country. It is also the fourth leg of the five-race Florida Storm Series, which challenges runners to participate in three of the five events.
Yannick Rinne, a 27-year-old from Muenster, Germany won the 5K race that is run simultaneous to the 13.1 Marathon in 16:37. Fabiola Morales of Miami Beach was the women's winner in 20:22.
▪ Eckerd 87, Barry 84: The Buccaneers (23-6) bid for their first Sunshine State Conference tournament title came up short when they fell to the Tritons in Daytona Beach. It was the second straight year the Bucs advanced to the league tournament championship game. Yunio Barrueta led Barry with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Tray Leonard had 12 points and 12 boards.
Barry had to wait until Sunday to find out whether it had been selected for the NCAA Division II Tournament.
▪ Loyola Marymount 8, FIU 4: The Lions (6-6) scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and added thre more in the ninth to pull away from the host Panthers (5-8). FIU catcher Zack Soria finished 3 for 3.
▪ FIU 3, South Alabama 2: Dominique Grossman hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lift the Panthers (13-8) past the Jaguars (10-8) in the final day of the Aquafina UF Invitational in Gainesville. Corrine Jenkins (2-3) got the win with her second complete game of the year, scattering seven hits and giving up two earned runs. She walked six batters and struck out five.
▪ Nova Southeastern 3-10, West Liberty 4-2: The host Sharks (5-15) split a two-game series with the Hilltoppers (1-5). Megan Granitto got her first win of the season (1-3) as she pitched five innings. She had two strikeouts with one walk and six hits.
▪ Miami 5, Notre Dame 2: Led by Stephanie Wagner and Wendy Zhang, the host Hurricanes (6-4, 3-2 ACC) beat the Irish (8-5, 3-2) at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The doubles duo won its match and each picked up a singles victory to help No. 21 Miami come away with the win. It was Miami’s seventh-consecutive win over No. 31 Notre Dame.
FIU’s Meghan MacLaren shot a 6-over-par 216 to finish tied for seventh at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational in Gainesville. FIU finished the tournament with team score of 897 (57 over) to place 10th.