- Written by Victoria Niles, Contributor
- Published: 06 November 2013
Every year thousands of runners flood the streets of New York to participate in the New York City Marathon. It is the largest marathon in the world, attracting 50,000 runners this year.
Sunday’s race was a special one for local mother of two and high school teacher, Pamela Kelley Manley, 36, of Duxbury. This was not Manley’s first time hitting the pavement for a grueling 26.2- mile race. Earlier this year Manley took first place at the Fort Lauderdale Marathon and placed second in the Providence Marathon. New York was her 16th marathon, but it was Manley’s first time experiencing the city’s five boroughs completely on foot.
Manley, an elite marathoner for the Boston Athletic Association, was chasing a personal record with hopes of eventually qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Manley would have to run a full marathon in 2:46 or a half marathon in 1:15 to qualify for trials. Fighting a headwind in the chilly autumn air, Manley kept her pace consistent mile after mil. "I was most concerned about holding back on my pace for the first half, but at the halfway mark I let myself start pushing a bit," said Manley.
Averaging a pace of 6:42 per mile, Manley completed the race in an impressive 2:55:20, a personal best by 30 seconds. Manley was the 32nd overall female finisher and the 10th woman from the United States to cross the finish line in Central Park. Manley said the final two miles of the race was the "best part" with a great crowd of energetic spectators to help cheer runners on to the finish.
“It is amazing to watch her balance it all...I am so proud of her work ethic,” said John Manley, Pamela’s husband, “you almost can’t imagine the mornings she ran 18 miles before the high school bell rang!” The young mother, teacher, and coach can usually be spotted running the streets of Duxbury before the sun even rises.
Other Duxbury finishers include Gregory Doyon, 26, Gregory Kirkner, 47, Paul McDermott, 53, Darryl Demos, 53, who raised $6,500 to benefit Duchenne muscular dystrophy research, and Aubrey Barr, 46, who raised more than $14,000 to benefit pediatric cancer research.