Gomez, Frost set pace at Maine Marathon

A year after he finished second behind a record-breaking performance, Rob Gomez of Saco ascended to the top rung at the 2013 Maine Marathon. Gomez, 30, was never seriously threatened on his way to a 10-minute victory, posting a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 21 seconds on a course that was altered because of bridge construction. Adam Goode, 30, of Bangor finished second in 2:34:42, and Matt Rand, 22, of Cape Elizabeth took third (2:35:13) in his marathon debut.

The women’s race was considerably closer, but Leah Frost, 30, of Round Pound led virtually the entire way and claimed the victory in 3:00:47. She was followed by Erin Nixon, 24, of Boston (3:03:56) and Dana DeIngenis, 28, of Quincy, Mass. (3:08:13).

The marathon also had four wheelchair participants, including three who are attempting to complete 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks. Grant Berthiaume, 51, of Tucson, Ariz., won the men’s division (2:19:57), and Carla Trodella, 32, of Danvers, Mass., was the women’s winner (4:49:42).

Moninda Marube, the third-place marathon finisher in 2012, dropped down to the half marathon and won comfortably in 1:08:13. Marube, 34, of Auburn was more than two-and-a-half minutes faster than runner-up Matt Hillard, 28, of Brookline, Mass. (1:10:49).

Sarah Mulcahy, 28, of Baring Plantation, captured the women’s half marathon title in 1:23:41. Top masters runner Mary Pardi, 43, of Falmouth was second (1:25:18).

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