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Pleasantville's Horvath Runs First Half Marathon

YONKERS, N.Y. – Elena Dudes waited at the finish line of the 86th Yonkers Marathon Sunday morning, holding a hand-painted sign in Hungarian to welcome her friend, Agnes Horvath, who was running in the half marathon.

Horvath arrived at the finish line with raised arms, a smile and a hug for her faithful friend.

“This is my first time to run a half marathon, so I’m so happy and proud,” said Horvath as she stood with her arms around Dudes, who is a nanny in Armonk and a fellow Hungarian. “The hills were hard – up and down – the 10-mile was really long. But I did it. I’m so happy.”

Dudes waited what seemed like 30 minutes as each runner appeared on a downhill across from the Yonkers train station, hoping the next woman nearing the finish was Horvath.

“I don’t run this distance at all,’ Dudes said. “I’m supporting my friend. We met here in America and we have become friends. I’m so proud of her.”

The 86th Yonkers Marathon/Half Marathon attracted more than 700 registered runners, more than double last year’s entries. Race organizers attributed the bump in attendance to the addition of online registration.

The race, which is the second oldest marathon in the world next to Boston’s, began and ended in downtown Yonkers, traveling as far north as Hastings-on-Hudson. The overall winner of the marathon was South Carolina native Will Guzick, a 22-year-old who recently moved to New York City. Guzick did the 26-plus miles in 3:44.

“I did a lot more training for this one because it was my first real full marathon,” Guzick said Sunday. “And tomorrow is my birthday so I went out with friends last night. I guess I might have done even better if I had gone to bed earlier.”

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