Twin Cities Marathon Won by Man Running First Marathon
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A first-time marathoner from North Carolina won the 33rd annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
Tyler Pennel crossed the finish line Sunday in two hours, 13 minutes, 33 seconds. The 26-year-old is from Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
The Star Tribune reports that Pennel and Scott Smith of Oklahoma City broke off from a lead pack of nine runners at the 20-mile mark, and Pennel sprinted to the lead.
Jared Ward of Provo, Utah, finished second in 2:14:01. Smith was third in 2:14:40.
Twenty-eight-year-old Esther Erb of Richmond, Virginia, won the women's division in 2:34:01.
Pennel and Erb also claimed USA Marathon Championship titles in Sunday's race.
The temperature in Minneapolis was 37 degrees at the start of the race.