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Track Coach Finishes NJ Marathon

Shawn Anderson did it. The Huntington High School cross country and track coach completed his first full marathon in late March, running all 26.2 miles of the Ocean Drive race.

"It started in Cape May, and ran along side the Jersey Shore, thru Wildwood's boardwalk, over three bridges, ending in Sea Isle City," Anderson said, still exhausted from the experience.

Race day was overcast and runners battled a fierce headwind. "It was very much out of my comfort zone," Anderson said. The Blue Devil coach ran the first ten miles in 1:08 and covered 20 miles in 2:17.

"I hit the infamous 'wall' between 21 and 22 [miles], and coming off the last bridge my quads started to spasm, most likely from dehydration." Anderson said. The Huntington alum persevered, downing some Gatorade and continuing along the course, finishing 19th in a field of 900 that started the race and 700 that actually finished it.

A member of Huntington's Class of 2001, Anderson's time of 3 hours, 5 minutes is viewed as being very respectable for a first time marathoner. His average time per mile calculates out to about seven minutes. "It was one of the toughest, most rewarding races I finished," he said. "Although I don't have any more planned in the near future, I would like to break that three hour mark."

With the marathon experience behind him, Anderson is focused on assisting Blue Devil boys' spring track head coach Ron Wilson with the development of mid-distance and distance runners.

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