David O'Keeffe Wins Buffalo Marathon

Shatters Masters Course Record

BUFFALO - The new Buffalo Erie Buick Marathon got off to a successful start Sunday when 403 runners finished the 26.2 mile distance over an all new course that starts and finishes in downtown Buffalo. The runners liked the new course.

Orchard Park's David O'Keeffe emerged victorious in a time of 2:29:24. David's time shattered the old Buffalo Marathon course record for masters runners by a solid margin. 22-year old Michael Selig, also of Orchard Park, finished second with a time of 2:31:32. Third place went to Jeff Martin of Michigan in a time of 2:38:00.

The women runners were led by Christine Agnew, 30, of Houston Texas, who clocked 3:12:10. Christine's stellar performance was even more remarkable because of her personal marathon history. She ran her first marathon right here in Buffalo in 1998. In that event she had placed 422nd in a time 4:25:55. Since then she has run many marathons and has continued to improve.

The first women's masters runner was Lynda deBoer of Toronto in a time of 3:29:40. Lynda was also second overall among the women runners. Third place overall was claimed by Kenmore's Amy Fakterowitz who was timed in 3:38:04.

Complete marathon results are available online from Runtime.com.