The top five winners of the 2019 Disney World Marathon have been announced! If you follow along with the marathon these names shouldn’t come as a surprise to you.
Coming in first place in the men’s division, for a seventh time, is Fredison Costa! Congratulations, Costa! This win is bitter sweet as this win comes after an upset in last year’s marathon. Costa has now won five of the last 6 marathons. This win leaves him one win shy of Adriano Bastos’ record of eight wins. Last year’s race ended his reign of four straight wins after American runner, Nicholas Hilton, pulled off an upset for Costa. Costa recaps his win by stating, “I’ve been through hard times this year, so it felt great that this was the seventh time I was a winner. I feel like I’m challenging myself again.”
Costa and Hilton paced the field on Sundays run for the men. Costa ultimately took the win with a time of 2:18:45. Hilton came in second within five minutes of Costa at 2:21:48. Rounding out the top five in the men’s division is Brazilian Jose Lima, American Jacob Krolick followed by Brazilian Luis Barboza.
Coming in first place for the women’s division, for a third straight year, is Giovanna Martins. Congratulations, Martins! Martins has won four of the last five marathon events, with the last three as consecutive wins. Canadian Natasha Yaremczuk’s win in 2016 broke the streak. Martin finished first with a time of 2:45:24, which is a little over two minutes from the runner up, Brazilian Antonia Lins Da Silva’s, time of 2:47:36. Martins is the first women to win four Disney marathon titles. She crossed the finish line after kicking it into high gear late in the race. Martin celebrated by clutching a Mickey plush in one hand and a Brazilian flag in the other. Rounding out the top five in the women’s division are American Nancy Jurgens, American Megan Curham, and American Loni Smith.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 Disney World Marathon and to all those who ran in the marathon itself! I, for one, envy what you do. Keep up the good work!
Source: Run Disney
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