Dumm, 23, a graduate student at American University, had only just
caught up to the lead pack a few miles earlier when, near the halfway
point of the 26.2-mile race, he dramatically dropped the pace -- and
the early leaders. For the next 13 miles, a combination of Dumm's
aerobic strength, mental toughness and some good fortune made his
audacious move pay off.
At Hains Point, notoriously the loneliest portion of the course and
moved from the late to the middle miles for the first time this year,
Dumm seized the lead. "It was an early spot for a move but I was trying
to get some separation," said Dumm, a University of Virginia graduate
and Fulbright Scholar. "I know Hains Point is a psychological barrier.
. . . Maybe being a novice freed me up to make a bold move."