For the first time in its 13-year history, a local resident won the Baltimore Marathon. David Berdan, a science teacher and cross country coach from Owings Mills, won the Baltimore Marathon, finishing in 2:30:05. In 2012, Stephen Muange from Kenya won with a time of 2:13:08.
Elizabeth Perry from Pittsburgh won the women’s marathon in 2:58:01. Berdan and Perry are the first two American winners in the history of the marathon.
Coming in second place for the men was Brian Crispell from Philadelphia, PA and Julia Roman-Duval from Columbia, MD.
This year’s 2013 Baltimore Marathon didn’t offer prize money after Under Amour pulled out as the title sponsor. Without prize money, many of the elite runners didn’t show. Even so, it’s still a major accomplishment for all of the winners.
Boston Marathon survivor and Towson resident, Erika Brannock, bravely served as the honorary starter. Erika, a 29-year-old preschool teacher lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. She also held the tape as the winner, David Berdan, crossed the finish line.
Speaking of local racers… here is our very own Holabird Sports employee, Noelle, holding up her Baltimore Marathon medal! Congratulations to Noelle and to everyone who ran the 2013 Baltimore Marathon!