So I was bored and decided to look around the internet to see what the top five men's and women's marathon times were for Nashville area runners in 2013. That was probably a run-on sentence with some grammatical mistakes but since it's Christmas Break, I'm not going to fix it. The Websters Dictionary doesn't have an entry for "Nashville area runners" so I'm going to define it as someone who could drive to the state capitol in 30 minutes, without sucky traffic.
I was tempted to throw Lanni Marchant in there, who ran 2:28:00, since she's in Nashville most weekends. But since she technically resides in Chattanooga (I think) I can't justify it. I could very well have some errors in here, especially with the women. While I know most of the Nashville men runners, I don't know very many of the ladies.
After posting this, I feel the list is going to be much faster next year. Connor Kamm will break 2:20 if he jumps in a marathon in 2014. I don't think Ricky Lupp is going to try a marathon next year, but he would run under 2:25 for sure. And after that, there are a handful of guys who could break 2:30 next year if they take a stab or two at the distance.
The women's side will also get much faster. Jeanette was hurt for a large part of the year and is worth a 2:30 with a healthy cycle. Ashley ran that 2:48 in her debut and Blair knocked off 20 minutes off her PR. And like the guys, there's a handful of women who can run fast half-marathon times, who didn't race a marathon last year. And maybe Lanni will move up here. Who would run to live near hundreds of miles of trails anyway?
1. Scott Wietecha 31 2:18:52 Houston Marathon
2. Olaf Wasternack 33 2:37:47 Boston Marathon
3. Hunter Hall 24 2:38:25 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
4. Matt Pulle 41 2:40:36 Rocket City Marathon
5. Chris Duncan 34 2:40:41 Boston Marathon
1. Jeannette Faber 31 2:38:32 California International Marathon
2. Ashley Evans 27 2:48:49 Chicago Marathon
3. Courtney Terrell 30 2:57:32 Chicago Marathon
4. Sara Maltby 35 2:58:28 Marine Corps Marathon
5. Blair Burnette 27 3:06:41 Rocket City Marathon