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Tens Of Thousands Of Runners, Spectators Enjoy Philadelphia Marathon

Men's winner Abebe Mickuriya crosses the finish line. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Men’s winner Abebe Mickuriya crosses the finish line. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An international duo topped the field at the Philadelphia marathon Sunday. Abebe Mickuriya took the men’s gold with a two-hours 17-minute marathon and Irvina Alexandrova led the women with a two-hour 39-minute finish.

For The Complete List Of Winners, Race Times — CLICK HERE.

But, the Philadelphia Marathon is one race that is not about winning.

With 30,000 runners on the course, it’s clear most aren’t going out for a place on the podium. Each runner’s motivation is a lot more personal:

“Sense of accomplishment.”

“Its’ in the family.”

“It’s a lot of health benefits.”

“We’re running for Cindy, a freind of ours who’s battling cancer.”

Mark Sullivan has run all 20 years of the current marathon course. This, he says, was a good one:

“Just look at this day, I mean, perfect temperature, no wind…we can’t ask for more than that. Rain held off, just perfect all the way around.”

And the marathon loved the runners back. Mayor Nutter, who high-fived runners as they took off and finished, says it’s one of the events that makes Philadelphia a destination:

“We welcome folks. We have every state represented, 40-some countries. Folks love this race, they love our course and they love the love they get right here in Philadelphia.”

Each runner took home a finishers medal, but, for most, it’s what they leave on the course that counts.

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