Running: Cara Allaway took home first place
SAINT JOHN - Confetti flew into the air and spectators cheered as Cara Allaway ran through the blowup archway marking the end of the 26.2-mile run through Saint John.
With a time of 3:27:14, Allaway was the first female to cross the line at the Ben's Smart Marathon By the Sea at the Lily Lake Pavilion Sunday and 14th overall.
"I'm exhausted, it was good," she said, although she showed little sign of fatigue.
The 35-year-old Halifax native living in Toronto made a special trip to the Port City to visit friends and family and to run the marathon.
Her mother and father went with her part of the way - both ran the 5-mile race finishing 107th and 263rd, respectively. They greeted her at the finish line with hugs and praises.
"It was a really difficult course," Allaway said between breaths.
"The hills, a lot of hills right at the end."
She started running seriously about six years ago and in the time since, she's run six marathons, including the Ben's Smart Marathon By the Sea, which was her first win.
To take the title, she ran at a pace of less than five minutes per kilometre, of which there were 42.
"I started training for my first marathon and I kind of got hooked after that," she said. "I'd finish one and then I just kept wanting to get better and better."
To do that, she's dedicated serious time to the sport.
"I run about five days a week and I run all year, but before a race like this I'll train about four months. I'll do one or two (marathons) a year," she said.
Although it was a difficult morning, Allaway said she enjoyed the race.
"It's a really nice marathon, it's a good size," she said. "Nice scenery."
Maggie Johnson of Quispamsis came in after Allaway in second place at 3:33:56 while Sarah MacKinnon of St. Peters Bay, P.E.I., took third with a time of 3:45:25.
Cara Allaway, Toronto,Ont., 3:27:14