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Spartans News · Damien Grad, Patrick Fernandez ’05, wins 33rd JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

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With a late charge at mile 24, Patrick Fernandez  passed then leader and 2014 winner Sammy Mutai and never looked back as he won the 33rd JetBlue Long Beach Marathon with a time of 2:25:39. Mutai finished in second in 2:26:41 and Oswaldo Hurtado finished in third in 2:37:12.

“The last two miles, you are hoping that you can hang on and don’t trip or anything,” said Fernandez of LaVerne. “It was definitely inspirational and I kind of got the chills as I entered the finish line and it was a pretty amazing feeling.”
“I knew that humidity was going to be higher than what’s ideal for a marathon so I kind of kept that in the back of my head for really the whole race,” Fernandez said.From the start, a group of six runners emerged from the leaders and set the early pace. Mutai and Isidore Herrera left the group near mile 3 and raced together until mile 12 when Herrera took the lead and led until mile 24 when he had to abandon the race due to dizziness and illness.

“I was really focused on running a good, smart strategic race.”

Fernandez increased his pace as he entered Ocean Blvd and pushed his way to the lead.