Strong MUAC contingent to go the distance

2013 Melbourne Marathon

10168_10151526079350935_1539950771_nCold mornings and wet nights of training will come to fruition this Sunday, 13th October, for a strong group of MUAC athletes racing at the Melbourne Marathon which will double as the Victorian Marathon Championships.
Headlining the MUAC contingent will be Lisa Weightman, 2008 and 2012 Olympian who goes into the race looking to break the course record and run onto the MCG as race victor.  Also on the start line will be Lisa’s husband Lachlan Macarthur and a passel of MUAC athletes looking to break the 2:30 mark.  Zac Newman, fresh from a secret training camp in Echuca, has been in sparkling form recently and should have no trouble hitting even splits in the race.  David Paroissien, the smoothest and most stylish man in the race, looks to be in solid form after an impressive build up. Also in the pack will be Alex van der Meer, on a flying visit from Canberra. Dion Houtmann, soon to be awarded his doctorate, will likely celebrate his last race as Mr Houtmann by dipping well under the 3 hour mark. Claire Boulange and Kerrin Rattray, recently returned from two months of running around Europe and Asia will toe the line along with Genevieve Blanch, Simon Rice, Sam Chirackal and Jaime Cascajares.
Melissa Natasha, coming off a strong end of XCR13 showing, will race the half marathon and looks to be in PB form. Julie McNamara, in heavy training for the Tokyo Marathon, will also toe the line in the half, along with MUAC stalwart Tim Thomas.

Nando’s fuelled Casanova Neil Sampson will be racing the 10km. Expect the chest to be out, the knees high and the thumbs to be flying.
MUAC athletes will be found before and after the race at the Melbourne University Sport marquee.

Race day supporters.

Hamish and Tony will be doing some race support fartlek around the course.  They’ll be at the MUS marquee at 6:30am.

Coming down later? Meet at the Government House Drive/Linlithgow Avenue roundabout and cheer the marathon runners on up the last hill.

You can follow the race on the Melbourne Marathon race tracker, or by following MUAC on twitter.

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