The Philadelphia Marathon was held Sunday, with Philadelphia native Michael McKeeman winning his hometown race while Irina Mashkantceva set the fastest women's time in the 68-year history of the event.
Local Michael McKeeman won the men's side of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, while Irina Mashkantceva set a course record for the women.
McKeeman, a 36-year-old from Ardmore, had previously come in second in his hometown marathon in 2006, but was looking for a victory in a race he said would be one of his last. He took the lead after 23 miles and pulled away, beating Scott MacPherson by 43 seconds. It was the fourth consecutive year a racer from the United States won the race.
Mashkantceva, a 29-year-old from Russia, was running the race for the first time. Her 2:35.34 was 12 seconds faster than a number set by Mariska Kramer last year. The winners both earned checks for $3,500.
Also winning races were Isaac Korir (men's half-marathon) and Misikir Demissie (women's half-marathon).
28,500 racers were signed up for the event, which reopened registration after Hurricane Sandy cancelled the New York City marathon.