erry Rauch held off a midrace surge by local favorite Harry Goodman to win today's 10th annual Maryland Marathon in 2 hours 26 minutes 22 seconds, the slowest winning time in the race's history.
Goodman, 29, of Randallstown, Md., finished second in 2:29.08.
Rauch, 34, fought a stiff head wind and established a 40-second margin after 10 miles with Goodman and prerace favorite Charles Trayer of Reading, Pa., trailing.
Goodman closed the gap to 50 yards by the halfway point and overtook Rauch five miles later. After 17 miles, the two runners attacked Satyr Hill, a three-quarter-mile uphill stretch, and by the top Rauch was again in the lead.
Rauch increased his lead to more than a half-mile before breaking the tape in front of Memorial Stadium. Chris Chattin of Reisterstown (2:29.50), Rusty Donahue (2:30.48), and Trayer (2:32.44) were next.
Said Rauch, a resident of Texas now living in Frederick, Md.
"I'm not particularly enthusiastic or satisfied with the time but you have to take it as it comes."
Goodman collapsed from exhaustion after he finished.
Vera Thornhill, a 17-year-old senior at Linganore High School in Mount Airy, won the women's race in 3:06.38 after leading from the 10-mile mark. Janet Hatfield of Brooklandville was second in 3:10.11.
The race, rescheduled from its original December running because of snow, attracted 1,400 runners.