Elizabeth Perry, 36, of Pittsburgh, won the woman’s marathon in 2:58:01 on Saturday.
This made Perry and the male winner, David Berdan, the first American marathon winners in the history of the Baltimore Running Festival.
Perry edged out second-place finisher Julia Roman-Duval, 31, of Columbia by less than three minutes.
“I definitely went out a little faster than I had planned, but it felt good, so I just tried to go with it for as long as I could,” Perry said. “There was a lot of support out there and it helped me a lot.”
The male winner of the marathon was 32-year-old Berdan, who is a science teacher and cross country coach at Garrison Forest.
Berdan finished the race in 2:30:05, almost 9 minutes faster than the runner up, Brian Crispell of Philadelphia.
In conjunction with being the first male American winner of the marathon, he is also the first local champion in the 13 years of the festival.