Three For The Road
Adams, Porpiglia, Giebner Tour 26.2-Mile Course In Japan
Three area friends have checked another milestone off their list of running accomplishments.
Brooke Adams of Randolph, Judy Porpiglia of Sinclairville and Jen Giebner of Fredonia all successfully completed the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday.
Adams toured the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 31 seconds. That time, which was a 6:48 per-mile pace, was the 84th fastest among all females in the race. More significantly, she is now an Abbott World Marathon Majors finisher, meaning that she has successfully completed the Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo marathons.
Adams started running marathons after returning to Randolph to teach in 2012 after college. Needing a hobby and inspired by her father, David, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, she took up the sport in earnest.
“My father always told me, ‘Don’t take your health for granted,'” she told The Post-Journal prior to leaving for Tokyo. “He’s always been a big motivator and super supportive.”
With that as a springboard, the 29-year-old assistant principal at Southwestern Central School has taken on road races near and far ever since. She will run in the Boston Marathon for the fourth time in April; and she’s successfully broken three hours in Boston, Chicago, New York, London and Tokyo. The only time she’s failed to finish in under three hours was in Berlin.
The 48-year-old Porpiglia, meanwhile, has been one of the area’s finest runners for years. Having already successfully completed the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons, she was able to add Tokyo to her impressive accomplishments just one year after suffering a meniscus repair. Her time of 3:48:22 (an 8:35 pace) qualified her to run in Boston and placed her 1,042nd among women finishers.
Giebner, a teacher at Pine Valley Central School, completed her race in 3:48:57.
Giebner posted a photo on her Facebook wall of her and Adams as they waited to start Sunday’s race and captioned it with the following: “We start in 27 minutes!! OMG!! It’s 42 degrees, little wind … conditions actually feel perfect!! We are ready to go have some fun!!”