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Philadelphia Marathon 2016: Men's and Women's Top Finishers and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2016

Runners make their way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia at the start of the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.  (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Kimutai Cheruiyot won the men's Philadelphia Marathon Sunday morning, leading a pack of four runners who all beat the previous course record at the race. 

Cheruiyot now goes into the record books as the fastest runner in the history of the race, according to the event's Twitter account:

PhiladelphiaMarathon @Philly_Marathon

The winner of the 2016 #PhillyMarathon is Kimutai Cheruiyot with an unofficial course record finish time of 2:15:52! Congratulations! https://t.co/Ad7ZHCaUKd

Cheruiyot shattered the previous record of two hours, 16 minutes, 47 seconds, according to Jennifer Joyce of Fox 29, beating it by nearly a minute. He wasn't the only runner to set a blistering pace, either, as the next three finishers also eclipsed the previous record time.  

You can see the top male finishers below:

Philadelphia Marathon 2016: Men's Leaderboard
Pos.NameTimeDiff
1Kimutai Cheruiyot2:15:53+0:00
2Jacob Chemtai2:16:00.33+0:07.33
3Bado Merdessa2:16:10.73+0:17.73
4Wesley Langat2:16:41.14+0:48.14
5Julius Koskei2:20:18.76+4:25.76
6Sam Morse2:20:45.85+4:52.85
7Charlie Hurt2:21:28.12+5:35.12
8Abu Kebede Diriba2:24:04.99+8:11.99
9Patrick Richie2:24:08.32+8:15.32
10Kiplangat Tisia2:25:01.18+9:08.18
Source: Philadelphia Marathon

While Cheruiyot had a battle on his hands among the men, Taylor Ward dominated the women's race, winning by nearly 90 seconds.

The Philadelphia Marathon showed her crossing the finish line:

PhiladelphiaMarathon @Philly_Marathon

The 2016 #PhiladelphiaMarathon female champion Taylor Ward just finished with an unofficial time of 2:36:23! https://t.co/JS6Zw3Lq52

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You can see the top women's finishers below: 

Philadelphia Marathon 2016: Women's Leaderboard
Pos.NameTimeDiff
1Taylor Ward2:36:24.53+0:00
2Serkalem Abrha2:37:52.19+1:27.66
3Vera Nunes2:39:02.99+2:38.46
4Madeline Duhon2:40:28.15+4:03.62
5Amanda Marino2:43:30.79+7:06.26
6Rachel Coogan2:44:48.75+8:24.22
7Mary Akor Beasley2:44:50.81+8:26.28
8Margaret Vido2:44:53.28+8:28.75
9Katherine Chute2:47:43.93+11:19.40
10Gadise Fita2:48:25.84+12:01.31
Source: Philadelphia Marathon

Racers faced tough conditions Sunday morning, with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and the wind gusting up to 25 mph. So cold were the conditions that volunteers handed out blankets at the finish line:

PhiladelphiaMarathon @Philly_Marathon

Our amazing volunteers hand out heat blankets to runners at the finish. Thanks so much for making this #PhillyMarathon weekend possible! https://t.co/xIyIjtHJPY

According to 6ABC.com, 30,000 runners participated in the marathon, with 60,000 spectators lining the course.

     

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