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Muggy, warm weather fails to dampen the 2017 Steamtown Marathon

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SCRANTON (WOLF) -- 39-year-old Hillary Too crossed the finish line in first place at this year’s Steamtown Marathon.

He’s from Kenya and this is his second marathon win this year.

He says today’s win was a tough one.

“It was very crazy at the starting line. It was raining, the road was slippery, yeah. But I just struggled to do my best,” Too said.

Hillary’s time of 2:23:40 was just a few minutes slower than the top finisher last year.

Lauren Liuzzo, the top female finisher, clocked in at 3:09:34. She says the weather played a role in everyone’s overall running performance.

“The humidity really kind of sucked a lot out of me so I didn’t really run as strong the second half so the humidity played a huge role in that. But I picked up – I was in third until the 14th mile and I picked off one girl because she was kind of slowing down and another girl dropped out so I feel like the humidity and the heat really took a toll on everyone,” Liuzzo, of Acton, MA, said.

Right behind her in third place for the ladies – Rachel Sowinski of Mountain Top.

This is her first time running a marathon, and she had tons of friends and family in the crowd supporting her.

“She trained all summer, she trained so hard. You know, she ran the Rails to Trails. My husband rode his bike while she did her long runs on Sundays and she stuck to the training and it paid off today,” Rachel’s mom, Marisa Sowinski, said.

Alongside Rachel’s family and friends, hundreds of other supporters, including Jacquelyn Stroffolino.

Her husband Jamie is a pacer for the marathon and today was his 50th marathon overall.

She made sure he could see her in the crowd with this giant cardboard cut-out of his face.

“I saw somebody else with one at a race and so for Christmas last year I got him a FatHead. There’s a company online that does them. Its simple, inexpensive, and then I can hold it up and he can see me very clearly and I don’t have to shout as loud,” Stroffolino, of Stormville, NY, said.

Too, Liuzzo, and Sowinski all plan to move on to the Boston Marathon.

Qualifying times for the 2019 race are now being accepted.

Registration is already closed for the 2018 race.

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