BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -Eliud Ngetich from Kenya crossed the finish line Sunday morning to win the 2019 men’s Mercedes full Marathon.
He finished with a time of 2:18:12, that’s a Mercedes Marathon record. Negetich is 25. The previous course record was 2:18:48.
Ruth Kimutai won the women’s full marathon with a time of 2:45:48.
Kevin Kochei won the men’s half-marathon.
Mary Munanu finished with a time of 1:11:21 to win the women’s half-marathon.
The race features the deepest pool of elite talent since the 2004 Olympic Trials that were held in Birmingham.
A handful of men and women are trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2020.
The Mercedes Marathon changed the course this year due to the construction of the new I-59/20 bridge downtown. The new start/finish line will be at Railroad Park.