Runners take off at Marine Corps Marathon
Girma Bedada of Ethiopa took home first place for the men in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of two hours, 21 minutes and 31.27 seconds, while Colorado-native Kelly Calway had the fastest time for a woman at 2:42:14.11.
Bedada, 33, beat out nearly 30,000 other runners for first place in the 38th annual event, a race that spans the city of Washington, D.C. Calway, 29, is a captain in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Carson.
Two locals finished second and third overall in Sunday's race. Patrick Fernandez from Alexandria was the runner-up with a time of two hours, 21 minutes and 32 seconds. Fernandez won the MCM's Historic Half Marathon in May and entered the race as a favorite to win. Richard Morris of Burkeville, Va. placed third with a time of 2:24:01.
The Marine Corps Marathon is the fourth largest race in the United States and the ninth biggest in the world. This year it was held despite nearly being cancelled by the 16-day U.S. government shutdown earlier this month.