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Daniel Vassallo returns to Philadelphia to win the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon

Daniel Vassallo returns to Philadelphia to win the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon

Daniel Vassallo, 29, of Peabody, Massachusetts, the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon champion returned today to win the 21st Annual Philadelphia Marathon with a time of 2:17:27, qualifying for the Olympic Trials. In 2010, his time was 2:21:28. It was a tight race with 28-year old Birhanu Dare Kemal finishing just 24 seconds later. Vassallo had a strong finish, pulling out the win in the last half mile.Abiyot Endale, also 28, finishing third in 2:18:45. Endale is a repeat medaler of this race, finishing fifth last year and third in 2012.

For the women, 32-year old Leonora Petrina of Bayport, NY won the race in 2:39:59 for her marathon debut, also qualifying for the US Olympic trials, along with second place finisherLauren Philbrook of State College in 2:06:17. Shitaye Gemechu was third in 2:42:36.

From Philadelphia, 31-year old Abraham Rutto finished seventh for the men, and in 10th place for the women, 23-year old Margaret Diacont in 2:49:39. Christen McDowell Rems of Paoli ran her first marathon in 5:08:51.

Pennsylvania Governor-Elect Tom Wolf was there to cheer on his daughter Sarah who ran the marathon. Wolf joined Mayor Michael Nutter and Race Director Desiree Peterkin-Bell at the start line this morning to high five runners as they started the race.

“It was so inspiring to see more than 30,000 runners accomplish their goals today,” said GORE-TEX® Running Footwear Global Leader Kirk Christensen. “It takes dedication and commitment to make it happen and GORE-TEX® Running Footwear was proud and honored to be here today to support them in reaching their goal.”