While official results in most categories won't be available until the end of the week, race officials estimate between 9,300 and 9,500 entrants finished the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday. Unlike last year, when a runner collapsed and died during the race, there were no major medical problems.

"Naturally, last year at this time we were not in too good of spirits," said Marine Capt. Joe Rovira, the race coordinator. "But everybody came back this year. Of course we're elated, there's a new course record {2:14:01 by Jeff Scuffins of Hagerstown, Md.} and no serious medical problems arose. That's my biggest thing this year, so I consider it a success."

Officially, 12,089 people entered. By race day, an estimated 10,200 picked up their race packets, meaning not many fewer than that started. For more than 6,120 runners, it was their first marathon, so many were hoping just to finish. Most did. Most also were able to walk away unassisted. The last finisher crossed the line about 6 1/2 hours after the start.

The medical corps reported treating 581 injuries, 174 more than last year. Warmer weather was a factor in the increase, said the medical director, Lt. Col. Peter Mendel. While the day started ideally, with low humidity, a crisp breeze and 55-degree temperatures, the mercury rose above 70 by midday. At that time, three hours after the start, nearly 10,000 athletes were still on the course. Of the total number treated, 277 had already completed the race. A marine runner was hit in the head by a stray golf ball from East Potomac Park. He was treated and resumed the race.

"Obviously it's a good feeling everything worked out well. It's always nice to go out on a high," said Rovira. His assistant, Lt. Andrew Caldwell, most likely will have the assignment next year.