BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The course record for the Mercedes Marathon was broken, not just once, but twice when the first and second place runners crossed the finish line on Sunday morning.
The winner of the race, David Tuwei, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:19:41, shattering the old record by 2 minutes. Tuwei is a professional runner from Kenya, but now lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. After the race, Tuwei described the course as very good between attempts to catch his breath.
Finishing 10 seconds behind Tuwei was Trent Briney from Flagstaff, Arizona. Briney and Tuwei took turns in the lead for most of the race. Upon entering the final mile, Tuwei had broken away from Briney at around 15 yards away. Tuwei was able to keep up the pace to increase the lead set the new record for the course.
"We worked together for most of the race," said Briney in his post-race interview. "We pushed each other."