Juniata man wins first marathon

Joshua Church of Juniata nears the finish line of the
Hastings Marathon Saturday morning. Church
finished the marathon in first place with a time of

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.”

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