If you were in downtown Eau Claire on Sunday you probably noticed a little more foot traffic than normal, as thousands of athletes conquered the Eau Claire marathon.
5000 runners hit the streets to run either the full marathon, half marathon, the relay or a 5k run.
A total of 900 volunteers help put the annual event together starting at Carson park and running throughout the city.
Crossing the finish line for the marathon first was Adam Condit with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Condit lives in Eau Claire and owns blue ox running. He also graduated from UW-Eau Claire after running cross country and track for the blugolds.
I feel great as far as how I ran with joy today and the sun is out, the whole city is out, and it feels like a great hometown marathon. My legs feel a little sore for sure, slowing down in the last half isn’t too fun but the whole city came out and gave me the boost I needed.”
And at a time of 2 hours and 56 minutes the first female crossed the finish line after the 26-point 2-mile race.
Margaret ho from la Crosse is also a former cross-country runner for UW-Eau Claire. She was the top female marathon finisher back in 2017 but crushed her time by nearly 12 minutes this year.
“the goal was about a 2:55 but I am really happy with 2:56 considering it was a little bit warmer than I was expecting and I forgot how hilly the course was too, so I was like oh my gosh when are the downhills going to happen and then they ever did.”
One of the runners tackling the half marathon traveled from Fargo to run with a special buddy.
Tim boyle travels around the country to run with kids with special needs and the Eau Claire marathon was no exception.
Today he ran with 5-year-old Lucas Hanson from Eau Claire.
After turning to running for kicking a smoking habit – Tim runs half marathons with those who are not able to run on their own.
“I can’t put into words, especially considering this is the only opportunity Lucas is going to have to do something like this because of his disabilities, it’s so huge. It means so much to me and I know it’s going to mean so much to him, it’s just huge.”
“running can be a very selfish sport because you are doing it for your health, you are trying to pr you are trying to do all of this other stuff but when you take yourself out of it, it gives it a completely different meaning.”
Tim has run close to 40 half marathons for kids with special needs.
His organization I run for has thousands of members and are looking to add more buddies for athletes to run with.