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BOUDREAUX, RODRIGUEZ CONQUER GARDEN OF LIFE PALM BEACHES MARATHON CHALLENGE

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (December 10, 2023) — Simon Boudreaux needed a break from the day-to-day grind of life, so he left his 6-month-old daughter with grandparents in Quebec City, Canada, and headed to Florida for a five-day vacation.

 

The 2023 Garden of Life Palm Beaches Marathon, one of the most scenic long-distance races in the country, turned out to be just  the relief that he needed.

 

With his girlfriend and their sisters cheering him on along Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, Bordreax, 31, won his first Marathon Sunday in a Boston-qualifying time of 2:39:39. He was more than eight minutes faster than West Palm Beach resident Samuel Luttier, who finished in 2:47:48.

 

Alana Rodriguez, 39, of Ann Arbor, Michigan also won her first marathon in Boston-qualifying time, turning in a personal-best 3:10:08. With her husband watching on, Rodriguez took over the lead from Fort Myers’ Paige Filmanowicz at the 21-mile marker. Beth Reed of Lake Mary, Florida also passed a fading Filmanowicz to finish second in 3:14:04.

 

Wellington native Charles Richardson (1:19:04) and Palm Beach transplant Leigha Torino (1:25:06) made it four first-time winners on the day with their wins in the Half Marathon race.

 

The winners were among the 3,500 runners who experienced the beauty of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront over the weekend in the growing destination race. Saturday’s Garden of Life Sun Run 5K and the accompanying 10K race kicked off the weekend.

 

Runners came from an event-record 31 countries – as far away as Australia – and 41 states to participate in the annual running experience that boasts no bridges or hills over a flat 26.2 miles. The temperature hovered around 76 degrees throughout the early-morning race that started and ended outside the downtown Meyer Amphitheatre.

 

Runners spent much of the race on palm-lined Flagler Drive that afforded stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway at sunrise. Multiple holiday decorations were on the race route, including Sandi, the world’s only 35-ft, 700-ton holiday sand tree – and five other waterfront sand sculptures made from a combined 1,000 tons of sand. 

 

Runners ran as far north as Manatee Lagoon, then doubled back on a southern Flagler swing that included a trip through the lively, quaint and historic West Palm Beach neighborhoods.

 

“The Marathon weekend continues to grow as one of the world’s great destination races in the Iconic Palm Beaches,” Race owner Kenneth R. Kennerly said.

 

Bourdeaux, an accountant working for the Canadian government, was running his fourth-career marathon and led wire-to-wire. His previous bests were fourth and fifth place finishes back home.  

 

“It felt great. The wind was tough, some heat, but a great course,” Bourdeaux said of his first Marathon win. “I came down here from the cold but the heat didn’t affect me as much. It wasn’t a personal- record, but I was happy with the race.”

 

Rodriguez, an Ann Arbor, Michigan resident, also sought out a warm weather marathon and turned it into a three-day weekend. She works at the Center for Global Health Equity at the University of Michigan, ran on her high school team, and has “dabbled” in long-distance running ever since.”

 

Her performance Sunday was a little more than “dabbling” though.

 

“I was looking for a winter race in warm conditions, and it checked all the boxes - with a vacation after,” Rodriguez said. “I went out too fast. Then I thought to myself ‘if I take a risk it might be the best day of my life.’ I didn’t think I could do a time like this. Now I’m very curious.”

 

Richardson, 22, ran neck-and-neck with Palm Beach Gardens runners Hudson Gates and Brandon Smith before separating himself midway through the half-marathon. Gates, fifth a year ago in this race, was second (1:19:57) and Smith (1:20:21) equaled his 2022 third-place finish.

 

“That was the goal,” Richardson said of his win. “My family is here and I’m down for the holidays. I thought I’d pop out and do my best. It just worked out. I tried to play it smart and be efficient with the way I ran. I ran a lot in other people’s drafts.”

 

Richardson, a Wellington High School graduate who last ran in the Garden of Life Palm Beaches Half-Marathon in 2019, is a computer science major who graduates from the University of Florida in five days. Two days later, he and two buddies are biking the 200 miles from Orlando to West Palm Beach “because it’s a cool thing to do.”

 

“I just got this thing I like to go Zone 5,” Richardson said. “I go all out in everything. Today I was going to win or die. At the end of the day, I like to have fun. Anything to have fun and push it to the limit.”

 

Despite a running pedigree that includes All-ACC honors in the 800 meters while she was a senior at Duke University, the 24-year-old Torino was running in her first-ever Half Marathon. She wasn’t expecting it to also be her first win.

 

“It was a surprise but I’ll take it,” she said. “I was kind of going with the flow. I didn’t know what to expect.”

 

While Torino celebrated, she was trying to get a glimpse of boyfriend Drake Anzano, who was still running and trying to improve on his 11th place marathon finish in 2022. 

 

“He is going to be so excited for me,” she said, without knowing that Anzano would also medal with a third-place finish.”

 

The weekend’s races benefitted Special Olympics Florida, which serves over 60,000 athletes statewide.

 

Palm Beach Gardens-based Garden of Life, a Nestlé Health Science brand, was in its fourth year as title sponsor of the race. The company is today's recognized leader and innovator in carbon-neutral-certified, whole food, Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition. It offers more than 400 time-tested supplements by leading scientists – all to Empower Extraordinary Health®. Whether a vitamin or a probiotic or a protein powder, Garden of Life products always start with fresh, real, whole foods that are traceable back to the seed.

 

MARATHON MEN

Pos  Name                City, State                Time

1   Simon Boudreau      Quebec, Canada            02:39:39

2   Samuel Luttier      West Palm Beach,FL        02:47:48

3   Drake Anzano        West Palm Beach,FL        03:01:56

4   Samuel Hebda        Lake Worth,FL            03:04:40

5   Yisroayl Peer       Delray Beach,FL           03:06:09

6   Juan Pablo Arias     Envigado,Colombia          03:06:26

7   Koren Fowler        Brooklyn,NY              03:07:35

8   B.Van Der Riet      Winter Garden,FL          03:08:48

9   Josh Ewing Simone     Goffstown,NH             03:09:55

10   Daniel Hefty        Vero Beach,FL            03:17:47

11   Quinn Shaw Costa     Mesa,CA                 03:17:48

12   Rafael Castro       Bogota, Colombia          03:18:35

13   Charlie Emerson     Jupiter,FL               03:18:56

14   Shayne Francis      Richmond, VA              03:19:11

15   Frederik Oliveira     Pompano Beach,FL          03:20:33

16   Nathan Ashcraft     Jupiter,FL               03:20:34

17   Josh Vandagriff     Lake Worth,FL            03:22:02

18   Ben Voss            Prospect,KY              03:22:07

19   Martin Bailey       Quebec,Canada             03:24:07

20   J M Charles           West Palm Beach,FL        03:25:16

21   Liam Lazere           Lake Worth,FL            03:25:35

22   Marley Rousseau     Brooklyn,NY              03:26:03

23   Carl St-Jacques     Montreal, Canada          03:26:18

24   Ryan Deauville      West Palm Beach,FL        03:27:58

25   Maxim Umarov        Weston,FL                03:28:52

 

MARATHON WOMEN

 

1   Alana Rodriguez     Ann Arbor,MI             03:10:08

2   Beth Reed           Lake Mary,FL             03:14:04

3   Paige Filmanowicz     Fort Myers,FL            03:15:17

4   Kelley Moyer        Pennsboro,WV              03:19:37

5   Laura Sellew        Gainesville,FL            03:21:37

6   Autumn Kruse        West Palm Beach,FL        03:23:15

7   Marilene Gosselin     Levis                     03:23:37

8   Charlotte Ramser     Coral Springs,FL          03:23:43

9   Emily Daycock       Fort Lauderdale,FL        03:25:57

10   Stephanie Robert     Naples,FL                  03:32:50

11   Deviji Ramdeen      Jupiter,FL               03:32:58

12   Brianna Bagnoli     Chicago,IL               03:38:25

13   Maggie Marsh        Miami,FL                  03:41:00

14   Paige Douglass      Miami,FL                03:48:29

15   Cassandra Mandel     Lansing,MI               03:49:37

16   Leah Steiner        Denville,NJ              03:49:48

17   Valeria Duque       Miami,FL                 03:53:21

18   Maria Urso           Jupiter,FL               03:53:50

19   Eileen O'dea        Westwood,NJ              03:55:34

20   Adriana Finol       Royal Palm beach,FL        03:58:42

21   Alexandra Foglia     West Palm Beach,FL        03:59:05

22   Anastasia Cortez     Sydney, Australia         03:59:51

23   Laura Russell       Jupiter,FL               04:00:36

24   Karine Dumont       Montreal, Canada          04:03:09

25   Kam Holland           Tampa,FL                 04:05:01

 

MENS HALF MARATHON

Pos  Name                City, State               Time

1   Charles Richardson    Wellington,FL            01:19:04

2   Hudson Gates        Palm Beach Gardens,FL     01:19:57

3   Brandon Smith       Palm Beach Gardens,FL     01:20:21

4   George Santana      North Palm Beach,FL      01:22:14

5   Manuel Cortes       Miami,FL                01:22:35

6   Daniel Yinh           Palm Beach Gardens,F      01:23:02

7   Jose Manuel Calvo     Wellington,FL            01:24:25

8   Michael Madden      Newton Upper Falls,MA     01:24:43

9   Marcelo Fiusa Carneiro Boca Raton,FL            01:25:07

10   Joe Rodbard           West Palm Beach,FL       01:25:50

11   Thiago Carone       Fort Lauderdale,FL        01:25:57

12   Matt Mason           West Palm Beach,FL        01:26:52

13   John Reback           Jupiter,FL               01:27:18

14   Javier Catalan Garcia Lake Worth,FL            01:27:25

15   Kevin Herman        West Palm Beach,FL       01:28:04

16   Nicolas Guerschanik   Palm Beach Gardens,FL     01:28:35

17   Miguel Amesty       Fort Lauderdale,FL        01:29:06

18   Wassim Sentissi     Boynton Beach,FL          01:29:19

19   Joshua Olds           Fort Lauderdale,FL        01:29:26

20   Greg Lovell           North Palm Beach,FL      01:29:32

21   Andrew Oneill       Delray Beach,FL           01:30:00

22   Taj Ruiz            Boynton Beach,FL          01:30:08

23   Robert Leidy        West Palm Beach,FL       01:30:10

24   Rob Pulsifer        Parkland,FL              01:31:30

25   Jinhao Zhang        West Palm Beach,FL       01:31:40

 

WOMEN’S HALF MARATHON

1   Leigha Torino       West Palm Beach,FL        01:25:06

2   Stephanie Pi        Miami,FL                01:29:29

3   Amanda Jones        West Palm Beach,FL        01:30:51

4   Kasia Raczkiewicz     Ulhowek,Poland            01:32:02

5   Jamie Rogers        Bentonville,AR            01:32:12

6   Luiza Vorontsova     Miami,FL                01:32:15

7   Yuliia Moroz        North Miami Beach,FL      01:32:22

8   Laurel Carpenter     Fort Lauderdale,FL        01:35:12

9   Cailey Denoncourt     Newton Center,MA          01:36:45

10   Lily Marshall       West Palm Beach,FL        01:37:54

11   Kelly Gentilcore     West Palm Beach,FL        01:38:00

12   Hannah Anderson     Lake Worth Beach,FL       01:38:08

13   Dorothea Trotter     Boynton Beach,FL          01:39:28

14   Gracely Briley      Olathe,KS               01:40:01

15   Maura Short           Palm Beach Gardens,FL     01:40:32

16   Nicole Hastaba      Palm Beach Gardens,FL     01:40:32

17   Maria Espino        West Palm Beach,FL        01:41:02

18   Caitlin Fielding     Hobe Sound,FL            01:41:14

19   Avery Fronrath      North Palm Beach,FL       01:41:51

20   Shannon Fox           Jupiter,FL               01:42:24

21   Lindsay Leblanc     Palm Beach Gardens,FL      01:43:03

22   Sofia Oestberg      Krokom Poland            01:43:18

23   Tina Batoh-Jennings   Boca Raton,FL            01:43:33

24   Mary Galbicka       North Palm Beach,FL       01:43:34

25   Sarah Kimmey        Palm Beach Gardens,FL      01:44:10