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Pennsylvania man wins Baltimore Marathon

Brian Rosenberg won the Baltimore Marathon on Saturday, cruising to an unchallenged victory after taking the lead between miles 12 and 13.

Rosenberg finished in a personal-best two hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds.

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"Winning is great, running a personal best is great," Rosenberg told WBAL-TV after the race. "Really, just finishing is great."

Alex Wang, a 23-year-old from Ellicott City, won the women's marathon in 2:58:41.

Rosenberg, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., overtook 2013 marathon champion Dave Berdan, of Owings Mills, about halfway through the 26.2-mile course. Berdan withdrew from the race at mile 13 with a hip injury.

Rosenberg, 37, finished third in the Baltimore marathon in 2013, running 2:40:07. His previous personal best came last November in Philadelphia, when he finished in 2:34:02.

Berdan became the first United States citizen to win the Baltimore marathon last year, the first year the race did not award prize money. He had hoped to run "in the mid-2:20s" on Saturday, but struggled with a hip injury he suffered while training.

"I could tell he wasn't 100 percent today," Rosenberg told WBAL-TV.

More than 25,000 people participated in the 14th Baltimore Running Festival, which includes the marathon, team relay, half-marathon, 5K and kids run.

Nick Arciniaga, 31, of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the men's half-marathon in 1:07:45. Julia Roman-Duval, 32, of Columbia, won the women's half in 1:20:53.

In the 5K, Kennedy Kithuka, 25, won the men's division in 14 minutes, 55.14 seconds. Megan DiGregorio, a 26-year-old from Baltimore, won the women's division in 18:31.71.

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