First ever GFNY Marathon was held at birthplace of endurance sports in America

October 28, 2021

Australian Jared Mills dominates first Marathon by GFNY Endurance Sports Series

/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Last Sunday, October 24 marked the inaugural running event from GFNY Endurance Sports Series with GFNY Marathon Florida Sebring.

The race couldn’t have started on more symbolic grounds than on the historic Sebring International Raceway, the “birthplace of endurance sports in America”.  The illuminated race track just before dawn served under ideal conditions: cloudy and 70 degrees. Runners were able to choose from a USATF-certified GFNY Marathon or Half Marathon course as well as the Sebring 4.2-mile fun run around the Sebring International Raceway.

As it is customary in GFNY, all runners wore the official GFNY Race Singlet. Made of high end fabrics and with latest cuts, the ultralight garment took the GFNY Team eight months to develop. No stones were left unturned to make sure no runner had to deal with any unpleasant surprises in the race.

Australian Jared Mills, who currently lives in Colombia, dominated the marathon and took the win in 2:45:13. The podium was rounded out by two Floridians, Steven Wilcox and Leland Swenson, who finished second (3:08:21) and third (3:09:59) respectively.

In the women’s competition, American Alexis Dwyer took the win in 3:43:33, followed by Panamanian Vanessa Alessan Campiolo and Giselle Lasso.

“We’re proud to have our first marathon under our belt” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. ”This is just the beginning of many more marathons in beautiful and fun locations, for locals and travelling runners alike, with the same high standards that cyclists have come to appreciate.”

More GFNY Marathons in 2022 will be announced shortly. In the meantime, GFNY Endurance Sports Series will stay in Sebring for the second annual GFNY Florida Sebring cycling race this Sunday, October 31.

About GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series

GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series is a sports event company with three decades of experience in racing, planning and organizing events. The global endurance sports brand hosts multiple events throughout the year around the world on five continents.

Working with partners around the world to deliver a first-class experience, GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series puts their athletes first.


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GFNY Florida Marathon video: here
GFNY Press Images: here
GFNY Results: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.

Jenna van der Heide, jenna@gfny.com
Uli Fluhme, uli@gfny.com