CORNING, N.Y.(WENY)-- Sunday’s annual Wineglass Marathon brought thousands of people from all over the map to Steuben County. Some came for the 5k and 8k part of the Wineglass weekend, where others came to try their hand at running a half and or full marathon. 

WENY News attended the event from the start of the full marathon in Bath N.Y. to the first person to cross the finish line in Corning. But before everyone got on the road to victory, WENY News caught up with one man in particular who was completing a challenge he set for himself back in 2006. 

“So today I'm finishing my 50th marathon in the 50 states. I'm from New York and I started this journey in 2006 and I decided to run a marathon in every state and today I'm finishing,” says Gary Dibble.

Gary told WENY News that he was in fact not an avid runner before 2006. He found his love for it during his weight loss process, and then decided to just keep going further with his strides. 


“Well I actually lost 125 pounds and ran my first marathon and during my second marathon, I saw someone wearing a 50 state marathon shirt and I thought it was a cool way to see the country and run a marathon in every state,” Gary told WENY News. 

We wished Gary good luck as he set out to complete his 50th marathon in his 50th state. 

Sunday’s half marathon(13.1 miles) started at 7:45 am in Campbell N.Y. and the full marathon(26.2 miles) started just shortly after at 8:15 a.m. in Bath N.Y. Close to 3,000 people came out for all of the races that took place this weekend, all set out with different goals. 

The winner of Sunday’s marathon had a very interesting story. He is a 23-year old Physical Education teacher who is also attending Rochester University for his Masters Degree. He originally attempted to sign up for the half marathon but was told that there was no bibs left available, so his only option was to compete in the full marathon or not be in it at all. He told WENY News he had been in a competition before where he had to run over 30 miles, so he figured why not and signed up for the full 26.2 mile race. He said he wanted to beat one of his friends goals who has the course record, Tim Chichester, but he was unable to do so today, but was very close. 

“Somewhere in the 17 to 18 mile range, that head wind really got to me and it was just a matter of hanging on from there on out. I had no idea where second place was in relation but I knew I'd put down so much of a good time in the first 17 to 18 miles that I probably had enough of a gap that I could win it as long as I held strong through to the end,” Alexander Burks told WENY News. 

Alexander has spent the better part of his life running, but he told WENY News that he encourages anyone and everyone to get out and give running a try, even if it takes awhile to get into the swing of things. 

“Anyone can do it, it's about putting in the work and staying really gritty about it. I've seen people go from not being able to run a mile to running a marathon in just a few years and a few years may seem like a lot but it's so rewarding when you finally get there,” says Burks. 

Burks final time was 2:23:47. Sundays Females First Place winner was Sarah Dickes with 3:12:58.

Ben Robinson obtained first place in the Men's division of the half marathon with 1:10:30, which broke the half marathon record, and the Women's first place metal was obtained by Rachel Bargabos with 1:26:14.

You can click here to find all of the results from Sunday’s races.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.