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Runner's Spotlight: Baltimore Marathon first American finisher David Berdan

First American finisher
First American finisher
Erin Sanders

As the Kenyans came charging into the finish, it was clear who was going to dominate this years Baltimore Marathon. But was not as well known was that it was Baltimore’s very own running elite that gave them a run for their money holding the lead for the first half of the race.

10th overall and first Maryland finisher
Erin Sanders

David Berdan 30, held the lead with the elites for the first 13 miles of the marathon. “I think it's great that I'm at a point in my running career that I can compete with the East Africans. It took a ton of work over the years to get to this point”, said Berdan. Dave finished 10th overall and the first Marylander to cross the finish line winning him the $1000 prize. Berdan PR'd at the race with a time of 2:21:19 or just under 5:30 per mile.

“I'm at a point where I should be running with the Kenyans/Ethiopians. While I might not beat all of them I have consistently been able to mix it up with them and beat some in the races I have run this year” Trying to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials, Berdan just set out for time taking a commanding lead for the first portion of the race.

Berdan is a coach and teacher at Garrison Forrest. When he’s not busy teaching he’s at home with his wife and two young sons; a challenge that Berdan’s competition doesn’t have. Still he manages to train and be among the top runners in the country. “Being able to balance my own training and racing around all of [my] other commitments makes the good results even more meaningful.”

David Berdan just completed his third win at yesterday’s Race for the Cure. He may attempt another Olympic qualifer November 20 at the Philadelphia Marathon.

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