Fredison Costa easily defeats injured countryman Adriano Bastos for his third Disney title; Angela Brito of Ecuador claims her first women’s crown; More than 50,000 participated in the five-day runDisney event at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.
The friendly rivalry between Brazilian runners Fredison Costa and Adriano Bastos took another dramatic twist Sunday when Costa upstaged the defending champion Bastos to win the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna.
After relinquishing the Disney Marathon title to Bastos last year, Costa reclaimed the crown, his third in the past four years and the 10th straight for Brazilian runners who said they worked together Sunday to help Costa win.
“It was really hard and the other runners were really good, but at about (Mile 22) I knew that I could win the race,” Costa said through an interpreter. “This was the most important race in my life.”
Bastos, who had won eight previous Disney Marathons, said he injured his left leg during an October race which slowed his training, leaving him unable to seriously challenge Costa this time. Costa, 36, sprinted the 26.2 miles through the four Disney theme parks, the Disney Speedway and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2:21:39. Bastos, 35, was second at 2:22:55 and Alfredo Arevalo of Guatemala was third at 2:23:19.
Asked if he was eager to try to regain the title from Costa next year, Bastos said with a sly smile: “For sure.”
Angela Brito of Ecuador came to Disney World for the first time to win the women’s division and easily checked that off her bucket list. She crossed the line in 2:47:44, nearly seven minutes ahead of second-place finisher Brittney Christianson of Minot, ND. Julie Northrup of Jacksonville was third at 2:59:08.
In the men’s Masters division, Ronnie Holassie of Miramar, Fla., won for the second straight year (2:36:54) and Bo Franz took the women’s Masters crown with a time of 3:11:26.
In the wheelchair division, Krige Schabort of Cedartown, Ga., repeated as the men’s champion (1:51:51) as did Jacqui Kapinowski of Tequesta, Fla., in the women’s division (2:42:04).
In all, more than 26,000 runners competed in the Disney Marathon presented by Cigna on Sunday. Roughly 7,000 of those runners ran in all four weekend events – the 5K, the 10K, the half marathon and the marathon, completing the new and hugely popular “Dopey Challenge” (48.6 miles).
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