Philadelphia Marathon 2013 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Runners participate in the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City. With the Boston Marathon bombing from earlier this year still fresh in many minds, security is especially high this year at the New York City marathon.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The 20th consecutive running of the Philadelphia Marathon took place Sunday with plenty of excitement, and the 2013 edition of the event ended in spectacular fashion.

Ethiopian star Abebe Mekuriya stole the show in the men’s race with an impressive victory and a time of two hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds. Dating back to the marathon's rebirth in 1994, Mekuriya's time was less than a second off Joseph Ndiritu's record time of 2:16:47 in 2003.

Second-place finisher Tesfaye Dube finished with a time of 2:18:15, a full 40 seconds off the torrid pace set by Mekuriya.

Here is a look at the top finishers from each race:

2013 Men's Philadelphia Marathon Top 10 Results
1Abebe MekuriyaCity Falls, NY2:17:35
2Tesfaye DubeNew York, NY2:18:15
3Nicholas HiltonFlagstaff, AZ2:19:36
4Birhanu MekonnenWashington DC2:19:59
5Abiyot EndaleBronx, NY2:20:55
6Takele GebreliulWashington DC2:21:58
7Girma BedadaWashington DC2:24:31
8Jason LeonardGermantown, MD2:24:31
9Jae Yung HyungAlbuquerque, NM2:24:36
10Daniel HockingDover, NH2:25:50
2013 Women's Philadelphia Marathon Top 10 Results
1Irina AlexandrovaHebron, KY2:39:04
2Tezeta DengersaWashington DC2:40:11
3Meseret BasaNew York, NY2:40:48
4Aregash AbateHigh Falls, NY2:42:38
5Amanda MarinoJackson, NJ2:43:54
6Sarah PowellNew Orleans, LA2:45:44
7Emily HulmeHavertown, PA2:45:53
8Carly SheaLewisburg, PA2:46:12
9Kris LawrenceVirginia Beach, VA2:47:10
10Marie DavenportGuilford, CT2:47:37

The biggest surpise of the day was Reading, Pa. native Nick Hilton. The first-time marathon runner managed a third-place finish, just over a minute behind Dube.

Hilton told Marc Narducci of

I definitely wanted to do something special since this is the hometown thing and coming here and finishing third meant the world to me. I had a lot of family and friends on the course and the fans in Philadelphia are fantastic, there are a lot of passionate people so it made it great.

The minute gap between first and third in the men's race indicates just how dominant Mekuriya was on this particular day.

As exciting as the men’s event was, the women engaged in a fierce battle of their own.

Russian star Irina Alexandrova ran an impressive time of 2:39:04 in her first appearance in the Philadelphia Marathon and won the women’s leg of the event. Alexandrova was guided by coach and former champion Larisa Mikhaylova, and that influence clearly paid dividends.

Tezeta Dengersa managed a second-place finish and Meseret Basa rounded out the top three.

Both the men’s and women’s winners will receive a $3,500 cash prize, according to Lauren Mennen of Second-place finishers earn $2,000 and third-place finishers take home $1,000.

The Philadelphia Marathon was more than just the 26.2-mile main event on Sunday and featured several other races. Kenyan runner Elijah Karanja won Sunday’s men's half marathon with a time of 1:02:59 and also won Saturday’s Rothman Institute 8K.

Moroccan female runner Rikia El Moukim won the women's half-marathon with a record time of 1:10:56.