For the third year in a row, and the fifth time overall, Fredison Costa won the Disney World Marathon on Sunday, while Natasha Yaremczuk triumphed in the women's race.
The Orlando Sentinel tweeted an image of the runners with their medals:
Costa bested fellow Brazilian Mateus Trindade by over a minute despite "being plagued by an injured calf and breathing issues caused by the relatively high temperatures, in the high 60s," per Stephen Ruiz of the Orlando Sentinel.
New York's Jeff Martinez came in third. The men's leaderboard is below.
|1||FREDISON COSTA (BRAZIL)||2:33:22.45||+0:00|
|2||MATEUS TRINDADE (BRAZIL)||2:34:47.13||+1:24.68|
|54||RYOSUKE SAITO (JAPAN)||2:42:54.29||+9:31.84|
Costa is chasing fellow Brazilian Adriano Bastos' record of eight titles at the Disney World Marathon—Costa and Bastos have owned this race for well over a decade now, combining to win 13 of the past 14 Disney World Marathons—though his goals extend beyond this individual race.
"I don't have to prove anything to anybody anymore, but [the Olympics] would be the top of my career," he told Ruiz on Saturday. "I want to prove to other people and children that nothing is impossible.''
Yaremczuk absolutely obliterated the field on Sunday, meanwhile, besting second-place finisher Jennifer Walton by over nine minutes.
The women's leaderboard can be seen below.
|81||CLAUDIA DUMONT (BRAZIL)||3:08:46.81||+16:25.38|
All of the runners certainly enjoyed the unique backdrop for this race, as runDisney on Twitter shared:
But Costa was once again the story, as his pursuit of Bastos' record continues. He'll be the favorite for this event once again next year as he looks to move one step closer to making history at the Disney World Marathon.