The “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack spurred him on.
Dan Vassallo, a resident of Wilmington, Massachusetts, won the 17th Annual Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. His time was 2:21:28. Vassallo was the runner up in the 2008 Philadelphia Half Marathon. According to the 25-year-old marathoner, his victory was “the biggest win of my career.”
By the 18-mile mark, as he entered the suburb of Manayunk, Vassallo knew the race was his to lose.
“I was overcome by emotion a few times,” said Vassallo, who bested second-place finisher David Bedoya, a 33-year-old from Somerville, Mass., by 2:09. “When they were playing the music” – “Chariots of Fire” at the 26-mile mark – “and calling my name out, I got a little emotional. Especially with all the garbage I’ve been through this year. It was good to end it this way.”
In the women’s race, Mariska Kramer, 36, of the Netherlands, won her first Philadelphia Marathon in 2:38:55. She edged Ramilia Burangulova, 49, of Russia, by nearly two minutes.
More than 23,000 runners took part in the marathon and half-marathon, while about 50,000 spectators lined the streets, according to race officials.
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