Ardmore resident and Bryn Mawr Running Co. member Mike McKeeman won Sunday morning's Philadelphia Marathon, a race finished by more than 11,000 people, organizers reported.
From the recap on the marathon website:
In the men’s division, local favorite Mike McKeeman was the clear winner, outpacing the second place finisher, Scott MacPherson, by 42 seconds. MacPherson took second in his first-ever marathon competition. McKeeman, with a winning time of 2:17:51, runs locally with Bryn Mawr Running Club, and does most of his training in Philadelphia.
"It is so special to win this marathon in my hometown," said Mike McKeeman. "Knowing every inch of the course helped but what really spurred me to a victory was the crowd which was full of my friends and family."
Located at 4320 Main St., the Bryn Mawr Running Co.'s Manayunk store cheered McKeeman on as he passed by around the 20-mile mark near 8:40 a.m. Sunday. With a shop route on the race route, the store hosted its biggest sale of the year, as well—the appropriate 26-percent sale.
Russian Irina Mashkantceva paced the women in her first Philadelphia race.
The half-marathon featured about 11,000 finishers, too, according to the marathon website.