Dec. 1, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech women’s tennis assistant coach Anca Dumitrescu was the second women to cross the line last Thursday in the 2008 The Weather Channel Atlanta Marathon with a time of 3:17.45.
In just her second career marathon, Dumitrescu surpassed her finish at the 2006 Atlanta Marathon (3:44) by 37 minutes. She also finished just over three minutes behind the 2008 women’s winner Jacquelyn King.
“It was an amazing experience,” Dumitrescu said. “Going in I wanted to shave four minutes off my time from two years ago but I did a lot better than that.
“I think marathons are a microcosm of life. You go through ups and downs through out the race. It shows once you have done the preparation, it is just about defeating the mental challenges that are in front of you.”
Dumitrescu began her training for the marathon in July but picked up her preparation over the last month leading up to the race.
“I am really proud of Anca’s recent achievement in the Atlanta Marathon,” Georgia Tech women’s tennis head coach Bryan Shelton said. “She certainly leads by example. She trained through injuries and sickness over the past few months and she still surpassed her goals. What a testament to her mental and physical toughness.”
The Georgia Tech Athletic Association was also well represented in 2008 The Weather Channel Atlanta Half Marathon. Director of Game Operations Jeff Gilbert, Associate Director of Game Operations Andrew Parrish, Player Development Coach Scott McDonald and Assistant Director of Sports Information Dan Goldberger all completed the race.
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