TRAVERSE CITY — Lindsey Doherty found her niche at the Bayshore Marathon.
Running in the 10K event, Doherty took first place on the women’s side, running a time of 39:23.3 to defeat Liz Watson by just more than one second to capture a closely-contested race.
“It was great,” Doherty said of the race. “I did the marathon here last year, the half the year before. This is my first time doing the 10K so it was great. It was really good running weather, a nice course along the lake, good competition. My goal was to break 40 (minutes) and I was 30 seconds ahead of that, so I’m happy with that.”
Doherty was looking for a shorter race to compete in after doing the Riverbank 25K run in Grand Rapids two weeks ago. It ended up working out for her in the end as she didn’t jump into the lead until the late stages of the race.
“I started out with (Watson). We were together, went out a little quick. Then she broke away and I reeled her in at the end,” said Doherty. “I’ve never won a race before and I saw I had a chance to, so I guess that’s where all the adrenaline kicked in with one-and-a half (miles) to go. It was exciting.”
Traverse City’s Allison Goss came in third with a time of 39:28.2.
Watson, a former Michigan State runner, saw her chance to win fall by the wayside when she became ill and had to stop briefly. That allowed Doherty to move to the front.
“I got into first place right around mile four,” said Watson. “With like a half-mile to go I threw up and went back into second. That sometimes happens.”
Watson had intended to enter the half-marathon, but was denied the chance when registration for the half closed a little more than an hour after it began in December.
Her last race was the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago in early April, where she ran a 30:29 as part of Team Playmakers from East Lansing.
“I haven’t run a race since then,” she said.