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UMFK professor Vladimir Suchan places in marathon

October 14, 2005

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Vladimir Suchan, University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, participated in the Sportshoe Center Maine Marathon in Portland on October 2.

Suchan placed third overall and first among the masters, with a time of 2:52:19, which is 26 seconds behind his prior record from the same race last year.

There were over 700 runners participating in the Marathon.

The temperature reached up to 80 degrees, said Suchan.

The first marathon that he participated in was the Quebec Marathon in August of 2003, which qualified him for the Boston Marathon.

In 2004, Suchan ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time.

Then in 2005, he ran the Boston Marathon for the second time, placing overall in the top 5% (848 out of 17,549) and in the top 3% of his age division (178 out of 6,147).

Recently, he placed second in the Saint-Francois half-marathon on September 4 with a time of 1:21:10.

Suchan finished the Quebec Marathon on August 28, placing 14th overall, with a time of 2:57:21.

During the Come to Campus Days/Scarecrow Festival this past September, he ran in the 5K Race hosted by UMFKs athletics department. Suchan was the frontrunner for the mens 30-44 division and second place overall with a time of 18:19.

He participated in the Fall Foliage Classic half marathon, a benefit race, held in Frenchville and came in first in the 13.5 mile race.

At present, Suchan has completed four races this year and participated in a total of eight marathons in all.