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From nurse to first: Minnesota man wins Fox Valley Marathon

Close to 2,700 run in eighth annual event

ST. CHARLES – Nathaniel Remley was the overall winner at the eighth annual Fox Valley Marathon on Sept. 17.

Remley, a nurse of five years from Rochester, Minn., raced his first Fox Valley Marathon – finishing in two hours, 55 minutes and 27 seconds. It was his second marathon overall. Remley hopes his score will help qualify him for the Boston Marathon next spring.

"[Running] along the river was super nice," Remley said."Because it's shaded a lot of the way. Lots of marathons or other races, you'll find yourself out in the open a lot, but the bike trails made it nice."

Aaron Coe (2:57:03), Joseph Dadabo (2:58:38), Christian Haydel (3:03:21), and Andre Bennatan (3:05:03) round out the top overall five.

Catherine Theodorou, from Mokena, finished first in the overall female category, finishing in 3:16:59.

Kathleen Zinser (3:26:40), Christine Kania (3:28:08), Brooke Williams (3:29:13), and Stevie Parks (3:33:32) round out the top-five female finishers.

Naperville native Dan Harper had to trade in his running shoes for a ceremonial white coat a few hours after finishing the Fox Valley Half Marathon on Sunday.

Harper, the aspiring medical student and Mass. Institute of Technology graduate, completed the 13.1-mile race in just under one hour, nine minutes. Mitch Gilbert (1:22:03) placed second.

Josh Swenson (1:25:05), Michael Konopinski (1:26:59) and Grant Epstein (1:27:14) rounded out the top-five overall finishers in the half marathon.

The 27-year-old Harper is slated to run the Chicago Marathon on Oct., 8 which will be his second marathon in his career after conquering his inagural marathon in Duluth, Minn. earlier this year. After living in Boston the past nine years, Harper is kicking his competitive running interest into high-gear – while balancing a medical school career at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

"I was hoping for a little bit faster of a time," Harper said postrace. "It was hot, so I think the two big contributing factors was the heat and because I was alone. They both make a difference. I don't know how much slower – maybe two or three minutes – but I thought this was a rust-buster before the Chicago Marathon," he continued.

Rachel Pottle was the first female to finish in the half marathon in 1:31:19.

Sherry Maschmeyer (1:34:25), Samantha Schoenfelder (1:34:47), Melissa Garlough (1:34:53) and Renee Swider (1:34:55) finished in the top five.

James Akita finished first in the 20-mile event, with a time of two hours, one minute.

Brian Syring (2:09:16), Jose Hernandez (2:10:58), Brian Ahern (2:18:30) and Landis Huffman (2:22:28) round out the overall top five.

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