Boston Marathon

Western Virginia runners favorites in Colonial Half Marathon

The Sentara Colonial Half Marathon is noted for its challenging and hilly course. Charlottesville is another Virginia city noted for its hilly terrain and its major running events. So it makes sense that the men's and women's race favorites for this Sunday's race, 26-year-old Sean Keveren of Charlottesville and 28-year-old Madeline Duhon of Stanardsville are from the Charlottesville area.

And two of the other leading contenders, former William and Mary runner Andy Goodstein, 25, and last year's runner-up Ann Mazur, 31, are also from Charlottesville.

Although the weather has been unseasonably warm in recent weeks, a cold front will move through the area on Saturday, and...