Although running his first marathon, Joshua Church of Juniata outpaced competitors to win the inaugural Hastings Marathon on Saturday.
“It’s something to check off the bucket list,” the 26-year-old Church said.
Last year, he placed first in the Hastings Half Marathon. When he heard Hastings would host a full 26-mile marathon, he jumped on board.
Training for the run was a little harder than he anticipated.
“I couldn’t get past 15 miles in training,” he said. “I’m feeling it. It’s good to be done.”