PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - We have a record-breaker in Philadelphia and it has nothing to do with the temperature.
FOX 29’s Jennifer Joyce reports the winner of the Philadelphia Marathon ran the 26.2 miles with a time of 2:15:53. That breaks the previous record of 2:16:47 by almost a minute.
His name is Kimutai Cheruiyot and he trained in North Carolina. Cheruiyot was followed seconds later by Jacob Chemtai (2:15:59) and Bado Merdessa (2:16:10).
Female winner Taylor Ward finished with a time of 2:36:25, followed by Serkalem Abrha (2:37:53) and Vera Nunes (2:39:03).
Congratulations to them and all other finishers.
The race went from Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River, to Manayunk, University City and the Art Museum steps. They got underway at 7am Sunday, facing much colder temperatures than we’ve been having.
The city says each year, nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers participate.
Don’t forget, there are road closures and SEPTA detours in effect through mid-afternoon.
The Philadelphia Half Marathon took place on Saturday, in much warmer conditions.
This 23rd annual event is the first year the marathon and half marathon are taking place on different days.