Poulin Wins National Title at USA 50 km Championships

3/7/2013
 
The USA 50 km Championships were held on March 3 in Huntington, N.Y.  Four USATF New York members participated in the championships with one winning a national masters title.

Tina-Marie Poulin, 40, from New York, N.Y, won the masters 40-44 division national title and was the 5th woman overall.  Her time was 3:56:58.   

This was Poulin's first attempt at an ultra run and her first ever U.S. road title.  Previously she had run three marathons with a best time of 3:11 at the 2005 Philadelphia Marathon.  A native of Skowhegan, Maine, Poulin ran in high school but did not compete while attending Barnard College, Columbia University.  Poulin works at Christie's International Real Estate and is an artist, specializing in paintings that are influenced by color and geometry.  Her artwork is featured on her website.   

"This is my first national masters title! I am so excited to receive it," offered Poulin.   "I haven't run a marathon in 8 years so had no idea what to expect with a 31 mile race and I wasn't really sure about my fitness level either since I hadn't run a marathon in so long. Maybe I will try a 50 miler next."

Frank Deleo, 59, of Brooklyn finished 21st overall and placed 2nd in the masters 55-59 age division.  His time was 4:56:28.
 
Grant McKeown, 63, of New York finished 24th overall and 3rd in the 60-64 age division.  His time was 5:04:11
 
Anthony Portera, 42, of White Plains finished 25th overall and 3rd in the 40-44 age division.  His time was 5:05:23.