Those watching the Philadelphia Marathon or interested in the results of the race couldn't have asked for much more than what they saw Sunday, when they saw a local man win the event and a woman set a new race record if her unofficial time holds up.
It was a great day in Philly indeed.
Michael McKeeman—who attended North Penn High School in the Philadelphia suburbs and finished second in the Philly Marathon in 2006—was the men's winner with a time of two hours, 17 minutes and 47 seconds.
He bested such runners as Folisho Tuko (last year's winner) and Abiyot Endale (one of the favorites coming into the race).
The Philly.com Health section had more on McKeeman via their Twitter account:
From Philly Marathon winner Mike McKeeman: "It was a dream come true. It is definitely the new highlight of my running career." #phlmarathon— Philly.com Health (@phillycomhealth) November 18, 2012
For the ladies, Irina Mashkantceva won the race with a time of two hours, 35 minutes and 34 seconds. If her time holds, it beats last year's record time from Mariska Kramer (02:35:46).
Mashkantceva held off a few race favorites of her own in Allison Macsas and Meagan Nedlo, who each competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
In other results, Isaac Korir Kedikov won both Saturday's 8K race and Sunday's half marathon. Not a bad weekend at the office. Meanwhile, Missilery Mekonnin Demessie won the women's half marathon.
As always, congratulations to all the runners who participated. Without further ado, here are the top 10 finishers in the full marathon for the men and women.
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