Matthew Adams shatters Missoula Marathon record
MISSOULA, Mont. - It was the biggest running weekend of the summer in Missoula as racers from all over the world gathered in the Garden City to compete in the 2014 Missoula Marathon. Thousands of runners took part in this year's Missoula Marathon, in the men's full marathon Mathew Adams of Alaska dominated the competition. Adams not only broke the course record with a first place time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, he also finished the race four and a half minutes faster than the second place finisher. "Pretty surreal, this was my goal but i didn't expect it to happen which is kind of contradictory," said Adams. "I wanted to win pretty bad but I knew that there was some talent out there. I was ranked fifth coming in this is my PR so I definitely had a good race." In the women's full marathon Camille Herron of Oklahoma was the first female to cross the finish line with a mark of 2 hours and 58 minutes. Herron has now won 15 different marathons in 11 different states. "I knew the first three miles I was struggling just to hit a six minute 20 second pace," said Herron. "I just knew it was going to be a tough day and i just needed to hang in there and tough it out." Both Adams and Herron are first time competitors in the Missoula Marathon and even though each won their respective race they both have bigger goals they're trying to reach. "I haven't run a marathon in two year's so I'm just trying to get back into it," said Adams. "Trials are next year so I'm about a minute away a minute and a half, if I had got this one I would have sat back and relaxed but now I've got some work to do." "I achieved one of my goals of winning a marathon in Montana, unfortunately I didn't get under 2:50:00 or the course record," said Herron. "Well, actually that's not a bad thing because I don't mind coming back to Montana." The Missoula Marathon has become one of the top marathon races in the entire country and a big reason for its success is because of the community support. "It was good to have the crowd support," said Herron. "I was just trying to enjoy the scenery even though I was having a bad day. "I definitely have enjoyed it here for my brief time here." "They really get behind their community and it's such a good vibe," said Adams. "I love it here, there were people sitting out there in their lawn chairs at 6:30 in the morning just to watch people run by and ring a bell. It was great, people turning on their sprinklers, just putting them out in the street so you could run through, just great support."