Cornwall Resident Takes First Place in Marine Corps Marathon

Goshen, N.Y. - Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and the County Legislature recognized U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Trevor Lafontaine, a Cornwall resident, on Thursday for winning last month’s 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

The 26.2-mile run was held on October 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. and Washington, D.C.

“A week before Veteran’s Day, it is particularly appropriate that we celebrate Mr. Lafontaine’s amazing win at one of the nation’s largest races,” Neuhaus said. “We are honored to be able to recognize him. Trevor is an ambitious, diligent and hard-working young man. He embodies everything a West Point graduate stands for.”

The Marine Corps Marathon served as Lafontaine’s first marathon. He finished in a time of two hours, 24 minutes. Approximately 30,000 runners from around the world competed in the event. Lafontaine’s effort helped the Army team defeat the other armed services teams competing in the marathon.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Mr. Neuhaus and the Orange County Legislature,” Lafontaine said. “I really never expected any of this attention. I never expected to win the marathon. I just wanted to help my team win the team championship. I was very moving running through the streets of Washington, D.C and it just went from there.”

Lafontaine graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from West Point in May of this year and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He is stationed at West Point as the cross country and assistant track and field coach at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Lafontaine is interested in possibly pursuing a running career, competing for the Army, and perhaps achieving an Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the marathon.

“I commend Mr. Lafontaine not only for his service to the country, but also for his recent achievement of winning the Marine Corps Marathon,” said Steve Brescia, Chairman of the Orange County Legislature. “He created a lot of excitement in our nation's capital two weeks ago and today and we are glad that we can honor him.”

 Steve Brescia, Chairman of the Orange County Legislature, and Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus (right) pose with Trevor Lafontaine (center)

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