Contact Us

Dominic Ondoro Beats Dick Beardsley’s Course Record in 38th Annual Grandma’s Marathon [PHOTOS]

The weather for the 38th running of Grandma’s Marathon was reminiscent of the 1981 race in which Dick Beardsley set a course record of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds. Beardsley, who joined the WEBC radio broadcast team this year, remarked on how the weather helped him set this record, which stood for 33 years – until today.

Excitement built as Kenyan Dominic Ondoro pulled away from the pack and built a pace to keep Beardsley’s record in reach. As Ondoro worked his way along the final leg of the course, it was apparent that he would be able to eclipse the 33-year record, coming in at 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 6 seconds – 31 seconds faster than Beardsley’s record.

After Ondoro crossed the finish line, he and Beardsley met, exchanging words and an embrace. Beardsley commented how he couldn’t believe that it took 33 years for his course record to fall. When asked if he aspired to break the record, Ondoro said it was his goal entering the race.

MORE: See Complete Race Photo Gallery and Results

In a posting on the Grandma’s Marathon website that was published before the weekend’s race (see full transcript here), Beardsley expressed his disbelief in how long the record had stood, saying:

It is hard to believe that the record has stood for 30 years, the record and the race mean the world to me. Someone just last month wrote me and said it is the longest standing record for a major marathon.

Recommended for you

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Rock Stars quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WEBC ALL-STARS contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.