Monday, March 21, 2011

Sanca takes Half Marathon win in stride

Ruben Sanca made his first 13-miler a memorable one.

A native of Cape Verde who came to this country halfway through his life when he was 12 years old, Sanca ran away with Sunday's 34th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon, finishing first overall with a time of 1:05.25.

"I don't really feel that tired. I had a lot left at the end," said Sanca, who lives in Dorchester and had a pre-race meal consisting of a bagel with peanut butter and jelly and a cup of hazelnut coffee. "The course was fair. It wasn't a fast course, but it wasn't a slow course."

A member of the Boston Athletic Association, Sanca took the lead in the first mile and never relinquished it. He ran most of the race all alone and was able to build a sizeable advantage that allowed him to coast to the finish line in front of City Hall on Pleasant Street and take the top prize in a record field of 2,750 registered runners that eclipsed last year's total of 2,603.

Sanca, who was wrapped in the Cape Verdean flag by supporters after crossing the finish line, was 1:33 quicker than runner-up Daniel Vassallo (1:06.58), who won the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon and represents the Adidas New England Running Club.


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