CORNING - Tim Chichester, a 29-year-old from Hornell broke the Wineglass Marathon course record on Sunday with a time of 2:20:19.19.
Chichester's feat came with a record turnout of more than 2,400 entrants in the full marathon at the 36th annual running of the event.
The former course record was set in 1997 by Andrew Herr in 2:22.52.
“It feels really good (to break the record) especially because I am a local to the area,” said Chichester. “I’m only 30 minutes up the road in Hornell.”
Chichester won the Wineglass half marathon last year in 1:07:24.85 and felt like that prepared him for this year's record-breaking performance.
“I thought it played a huge role in how well I did because I knew what to expect at the end of the course,” Chichester said.
With the win, Chichester registered his first ever marathon victory in 10 tries.
“I’m really happy about this being my first win,” said Chichester. “Especially because it's local, I love the local atmosphere.”
Chichester, a biology teacher at Arkport Central School District, felt the whole backing of the district, which played a role in his victory.
“That’s part of the reason I think I did so well today,” Chichester said. “I coach over at the high school and all of the runners and teachers have been so supportive of me. It’s such a tight-knit community.”
Charles Remillard took second with a time of 2:24:54.06 followed by Matt McWilliams (2:30:49.08), Matt Johnson (2:33:26.37) and Brian Shrout (2:33:59.06).
26-year-old Marina Orrson of Shavertown, Pa. bested the women’s field in 2:46:43.40 and set a personal record, breaking her previous record of 2:54:54.0.
“I knew there was a shot I could win if I ran a great race,” Orrson said. “I felt everything tightening up from mile 18 on, but I was like alright, just get to the finish line and then you can fall over.”
Kylie Pearse finished second in 2:50:22.06 followed by Karen Dunn (2:52:37.21), Kathryn Fanning (2:53:11.75) and Eleca Kidd (2:52:24.52).
Orrson was a winner in the Wineglass Half Marathon two years ago and topped the field in her first ever try at the full marathon in Corning.
“I knew what the second half of the course looked like from doing the half,” said Orrson. “I felt more in control in the second half.”
Sunday’s marathon started on Mt. Washington Road in Bath, while the half marathon got started a half-hour earlier at Campbell-Savona High School.
Sam Morse took first in the men’s half marathon in 1:07:38.06 and Julianne Quinn bested the women’s field in 1:16:03.82.
The finish line was stationed near Centerway Square on Market Street in Corning.