Polish Native Wins Marathon Race Second Time



 Derek DETROIT–  Derek Nakluski of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and Wioletta Kryza of Olsztyn, Poland won the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively at the Detroit Free Press/Talmer  International Marathon.  The race carried over the Ambassador Bridge into Canada and back.  
The 29-year-old Nakluski had an unofficial time of
2:28:20 and it was only his third competitive marathon.  

The 43-year-old Kryza also won in Detroit in 2005.  She has run 72 marathons in her 22 year career.  It was her 28th victory at the 26.2 mile distance.  Her time was 2:44:09.  “The wind was terrible.  I’m used to bad weather but not like this, said Kryza immediately after finishing.  The cool weather was conducive for the runners but the wind kicked up at the 20 mile mark, just when the leaders were crossing the elevated bridge.

There were 20,940 runners participating in five different categories.  

It was the 34th annual event and spectators and runners crowded the finish line at Second and Lafayette Avenues for a reception and block party afterwards.  




FreePress Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank International Marathon

Kryza Wioletta Kryza