Talk about late bloomers.
OVERALL: Male - Michael Dwomoh, Raleigh, N.C. 2:43:34; Christopher Schmidt, Evanston, Ill,, 2:47:48; Danny Ferreira, Concord, N.H. 2:52:16; Jason Annan, Mount Pleasant, 2:53:13; Colin Jones, Raleigh, 2:54:04. Female - Caitlin Judd, Charleston, 3:01:01; Brooke Waters, Shawnee, Kan., 3:05:55; Barbara Pennington, Marietta, Ga., 3:07:36; Erin Miller, Columbia, 3:21:54; Johanna Remes, Charlotte, N.C. 3:22:50.
MASTERS: Male - Marc Embler, North Charleston, 2:55:57 (pending state age group record); Johan Desmet, Suwanee, Ga., 2:57:29; David Gile, Greensboro, N.C. 2:59:00. Female - Becky Scheumann, Advance, N.C. 3:23:00; Carol Gensheimer, Georgetown, Ky. 3:23:37; Bonnie Darrenkamp, Huntersville, N.C. 3:31:18.
GRANDMASTERS: Male - Charleston Gartland, Louisville, Ky., 3:07:47. Female - Jeannie Rice, Concord, Ohio, 3:31:19.
OVERALL: Male - Jesse Kemmerer, Traveler's Rest, 1:11:34; Jay Stephenson, Rome, Ga., 1:12:32; Rashaun Tanner, Franklin Spring, Ga. 1:12:49; Clinton Henry, Wilmington, N.C., 1:13:15; Brett Howell, Morrisville, N.C.1:13:54. Female - Alice Rogers, Charlotte, 1:20:35; Amanda Tate, Signal Mountain, Tenn., 1:24:23; Michelle Ziegler, Rock Hill, 1:24:40; Caitlin Ranson, Charleston, 1:25:40; Ann Mazur, Charlottesville, Va., 1:26:17.
MASTERS: Male - Jeffrey Zickus, Atlanta, 1:16:52; Jade Costen, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1:19:06; John Massey, Mount Pleasant, 1:22:04. Female - Merrie McReynolds, Kingsport, Tenn., 1:30:20; Tammy Lifka, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1:33:21; Andrea Gorce, Crestwood, Ky., 1:33:42.
GRANDMASTERS: Male - Mike Kelley, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1:24:11. Female - Sue Kelly, Alpharetta, Ga., 1:34:08.
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In 2007, Michael Dwomoh started running after he moved from New York to Raleigh because of a trail behind an office where he works managing business crisises for Credit Suisse.
The London native of Ghanian descent was 38 years old.
On Saturday, the 44-year-old won the 36th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 34 seconds. It was his second win in two years but far from his personal best of 2:39:10.
A running buddy and colleague had suggested Kiawah, even though Dwomoh doesn't like running in the cold "because my fingers get numb." But he lucked out as temperatures for this year's marathon were in mid-60s.
Those warmer temperatures didn't work as well for the female marathon winner, 30-year-old Caitlin Judd, the only overall finisher from Charleston. She won in 3:01:01.
Judd originally was shooting for a 2:48 finish time, but the relatively warm and humid conditions quickly changed that plan.
"Pretty quickly, I knew that (2:48) wasn't going to happen. At mile 10, I decided to throw away the pace I wanted and hold on for the win," said Judd, a physical therapist at Island Physical Therapy in North Charleston.
Both Dwomoh's and Judd's winning finish times at Kiawah were the slowest in several years. In 2004, Coates Kennerly won in 2:44:30. In 2002, Sheila Wakeman won with a 3:09:02.
The half marathon winners were relatively slower, as well.
Jesse Kemmerer, 21, a senior at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., ran 1:11:34, and Alice Rogers, 35, of Charlotte, finished in 1:20:34.
Kemmerer, who lives in Traveler's Rest, took advantage of his fitness from the past cross-country season to run and qualify for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes marathon. He ran 2:30 at the same event last year.
While Kemmerer was delighted that both he and his Emmanuel training buddy, Rashaun Tanner, met the qualifying standards, he was quick to add "everything we do is to glorify God."
Meanwhile, Rogers recalls being at Kiawah three years ago, unable to run because of injury.
"I always wanted to come, but to come back and win it was so much fun," says Rogers, adding that her time set a personal best by four seconds.
Not everybody had a great day on Saturday.
A 26-year-old man with only .1-mile to go in the half marathon collapsed, in what race director Liz King characterized as "a cardiac event." He got almost immediate medical attention and was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina.
By mid-afternoon, King said the man was stabilized but still under medical observation. She said family had even requested that a half marathon medal be set aside for him.
Preliminary finisher totals for Saturday's races had 2,590 finishing the half marathon and 897 completing the marathon.