An adjunct economics and accounting instructor at a small Wisconsin college was able to use a supply of enthusiasm and conditioning to overcome the demand placed on the body by running 26 miles on Saturday, capturing a win at the Marathon to Marathon in his first visit to the northwest Iowa road race.
Wayne Dalton, 31, an part-time instructor in the business school at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, won the marathon in a time of 2:41.44, setting a pace of 6:10 per mile.
The victory came in Dalton's fifth-ever marathon and second race after regaining the enthusiasm for running after a six-year hiatus from the sport, and he said his inaugural Marathon to Marathon experience was a good one.
"I thought this was a very well-organized and fun race to be a part of," Dalton said. "It made a pretty favorable impression on me."
A standout cross country athlete at Wisconsin Lutheran, Dalton graduated from the school in 1994 and then received a masters of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Before starting graduate school he ran three marathons, but school and subsequent jobs in the business world kept him out of the marathon running circle until this January, when he completed the San Diego Marathon.
Dalton is now teaching a number of classes at his alma mater, including Principles of Macroeconomics, and is also doing consulting work for firms in the area. His new careers give him time to train for marathons on the streets of Milwaukee and Chicago, and he said running in the Marathon to Marathon felt like running at home.
"It was flat and fast out there, so it's very similar topography to what I run in Wisconsin and Illinois," Dalton said. "I'm used to training on these types of roads, so that helped me in this race."
Dalton said he heard about the Marathon event from an online site dedicated to providing information about marathons, and decided to go because of the relatively lost entry fee and good organization of the race.
"It seemed pretty appealing, especially since it was in the Midwest," Dalton said. "It seemed like it would be a good event, and it was."
Dalton also said he will continue to run in marathons for the next several years, including the Marathon to Marathon.
"I run because I enjoy it," Dalton said. "Running in marathons is something that I like doing and it's a good way for me to stay in shape too."