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Thousands run Long Island marathon, half-marathon, 10K

Shaun McGrath of Lynbrook crosses the finish line

Shaun McGrath of Lynbrook crosses the finish line as the winner of the 2011 Long Island Marathon. (May 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A sunny sky served as the perfect backdrop for the 39th annual Long Island Marathon at Eisenhower Park Sunday morning.

Shaun McGrath, 32, of Lynbrook won the full-marathon with a time of 2:39:43. The top woman finisher, Jodie Schoppman, 26, of Levittown qualified for the Olympic trials with a time of 2:42:54.

The full marathon -- a 26.2-mile journey started on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale, and ran along the Wantagh State Parkway before finishing at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

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Demesse Cefera, 29, of New York City claimed the top men's spot in the 10K run with a time of 32:34. Brooklyn's Angel Confesor, 26, finished second, crossing the finish line at 34:26.

Peter Francis, 20, of Jackson Heights, placed third at 35:36.

Lynbrook's Petra Fasungova crossed th finish line not too much later. The 20-year-old top female runner completed the 10K in 38:46.

Aaron Robertson, 33, of Altamont, NY, won the half-marathon in 1:10:05. Merrick's Chris Mammome, 27, finished second (1:10:21), followed by 31-year-old Michael Nehr of West Babylon (1:10:46).

Lyndsey Cunningham's 1:22:23 was the top women's time in the half-marathon event. The 28-year-old Babylon resident had held the previous course record until last year when Levittown's Jodie Schoppman completed the race in 1:17:15).

Liza Grudinski of Newburgh, NY came in second (1:23:26), followed by Woodbury's Sharon Kapusta (1:28:08).

Approximately 8,200 people registered for the two-day event, which began Saturday with the I-Mile, 5K and Kids Fun Run.

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