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Tropf, Charbonneau take titles at rainy Marine Corps Marathon

By RYAN MCFADDEN | Special To The Washington Post | Published: October 27, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. — A heavy downpour soaked the 44th Marine Corps Marathon, conditions that Silver Spring, Maryland's Jordan Tropf embraced to win the race for the first time in seven attempts.

"It's always been a dream to win this race," Tropf, 27, said. "I've had this race on my radar all fall. I love being out here and to get the chance to come in first is real special."

Tropf finished the 26.2 miles in 2:27:38. Brittany Charboneau, 31, was the first woman to break the tape, finishing in 2:44:42.

While some would see the cool temperatures and driving rain as a challenge, Tropf thrived in the conditions.

"I absolutely loved the rain and temperature," Tropf said. "Most of my training has been in 100 degrees [weather] and it's humid. Having the rain really worked to my advantage. The thing that really slowed me down was the wind at different points."

Tropf, who grew up in Cleveland, went to the Naval Academy and John Hopkins University for medical school. He has had to juggle training for the race with his residency in orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

"Training is really hit or miss with my job," Tropf said. "It's hard to be consistent because you got to take calls. I don't write anything down, so I don't have to make goals in my schedule or feel bad about missing training. This is what I do for fun, and I love coming out here and being competitive."

Tropf was feeling winded at the middle of the course, but noticing his distance between the other runners motivated him to keep pushing through.

"I was toasted around mile 15 and 20, and that's the classic wall in the marathon," Tropf said. [When] I realized no one was around me, I knew I could have a good finish so I focused in and went to work."

Adam Stokes (2:28:53) of the United Kingdom took second, and Matt O'Neil finished third with a time of 2:31:24.

Charboneau, meanwhile, came in with aspirations of a course record. She fell short but remained upbeat.

"You can't be upset about winning a marathon," said Charboneau, of Golden, Colorado. "But it was definitely a tough day and I'm bummed.

"The weather was a little more of a challenge with the dead spots on the course where there wasn't anyone cheering. I think that was a little more a mental challenge, but once I got to parts where the crowd was, that was definitely a boost."

Margarita Quintero (2:48:22) was second, Selvi Rajagopal was third in 2:50:42.
 

Jordan Tropf of Silver Spring, Md., approaches the 19-mile mark near the U.S. Capitol on his way to a win in the Marine Corps Marathon, October 27, 2019.
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