Six years before his first marathon win, Patrick Hearn lost his breakfast.
In 2010, he signed up for the Baltimore Marathon, his first competitive race at 26.2 miles. The Sykesville native's stomach was disagreeable. In the days before the race, he ate more than he had to. At the starting line he felt queasy, and along the route he threw up. He finished anyway.
After crisscrossing Baltimore on Saturday in a personal-record time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 18 seconds, nearly five minutes better than the runner-up, Hearn was feeling considerably better. No spilled guts, all glory.
"No idea I was going to win," said Hearn, 26, a Glenelg High and Maryland graduate, after topping the 2,352-person field. "Nice feeling."