The Woodlands Marathon 2020 results
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The 2020 edition of the Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Marathon kicked off early Saturday morning near Town Green Park. When the horn sounded, over 5,000 athletes participating in the marathon, half marathon, and 5K raced down Lake Robbins while crowds filled with family and friends cheered on. Despite being a little chilly early, runners dealt with clear conditions as they ran on one of the fastest courses in Texas while attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon in April.
Benjamin Zywicki and Emily Parker claimed the Men’s and Women’s The Woodlands Marathon 2020 titles, crossing the line at 2:26:23 and 2:44:33 respectively. Meng Zhao (2:36:53) and Miguel Ramos (2:38:26) completed the top three in the men’s race. For the women, Casey Mulroy (2:58:12) and Melissa Hopper (3:02:38) finished second and third.
Zywicki, who lived in The Woodlands in 2011-12 and competed in 2015 The Woodlands marathon, had to battle through a recent pneumonia infection before battling his competitors out on the course.
“It’s always special to win a marathon,” said Zywicki. “I’m just happy I was able to make the trip out here.” Zywicki manages to train year-round while being a design engineer and a father of a two-year-old. He says he just goes out and tries his best to improve while enjoying the journey.
The Woodlands Marathon was just Parker’s second-ever marathon, but that didn’t stop her from dominating her competition on Saturday. Her first race was a year ago in Napa Valley.
“I finished in two hours, 53 minutes,” said Parker. “On paper, it probably was a good debut, but it left a lot to be desired. I had a bone to pick with this distance and today I think I got it, so I’m very happy.”
“Looking at past results, I thought I could make some money, but to break the tape is such an amazing feeling,” said Parker.
In the half marathon, Kiya Dandena and Allie Kieffer were the Men’s and Women’s champions. Dandena was in town visiting friends after returning from the Olympic Trials when he heard about the race. He decided to show up and he was the first to show up at the finish line as well.
“I don’t usually get these opportunities to break the tape,” Dandena said. “So, when I get the opportunity, it always feels great.”
Kieffer was also running in The Woodlands for the first time and says she enjoyed the course as well as the community on her way to the win.
“It’s always an achievement to get first,” said Kieffer. “It’s hard to win anything, so I don’t take it for granted.”