Macias was all smiles after finishing first in the Mercedes Marathon. Source: WBRC video
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Mario Macias has won the 2013 Mercedes Marathon.
Thirty-one-year-old Macias, who is from Colorado, finished in 2:18:48 and his average pace was 5:18. The marathon organizers haven't made an official announcement yet, but Macias may have set a new marathon record.
"I was suprised how good I felt -- I guess it was the weather," Macias said after finishing.
Macias said the course was "challenging" because it's "not the fastest course out there."
Though it was the coldest morning of the year so far with temps hovering in the low 20s, several runners and marathon officials said that the weather actually helped performances.
"I'm from Colorado so...this is perfect weather. I was kind of worried about the wind," Macias said.
"I think the weather is a bit chilly but I think it kinda helped us. We didn't overheat," Men's Half-Marathon winner Fernando Cabada said.
Cabada finished first in the Men's Mercedes Half-Marathon in just over an hour and Maura Lemon took first place in the Women's Mercedes Half-Marathon with a time of 1:17:37.
Camille Herron took first in the Women's Mercedes Marathon. Her time was 2:44:25.
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:34:50 GMT
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