NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk's Shannon Whipple won her age group and finished eighth among the female runners in Sunday's New Jersey Marathon in Oceanport, N.J.
Another Fairfield County runner, Sara Belles of Brookfield, won the women's division. Daniel Clark of Stamford won the men's 60-64 division.
Whipple ran a person best 3:18:25, an average of 7:35 per mile for the 26.2-mile race. She was eighth out of 785 women and qualified to run in next year's Boston Marathon.
Whipple won her age group by more than a minute. Stamford's Katherine Munno was 14th in the same group and Darien's Megan Powell was 18th.
Clark ran 3:46:41 in near ideal conditions on the course that began at Monmouth Park race track and weaved through several New Jersey communities. The race finished on the boardwalk in Long Branch. Clark also easily qualified for Boston. Clark initially was placed second in the division. A results update late Monday put him at the top of the pack.
Belles ran 3:05:01 and won by more than two minutes.
Complete results are on the New Jersey Marathon website.
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