ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The sun had barely risen over the Gateway Arch as thousands of runners crammed together in corrals on Market Street, many clad in spandex and bright running shoes, with months of training finally being put to the test as they filed across the finish line.
The runners were from nearly every state and a number of foreign countries. About 8,000 runners signed up for the half marathon, and another 2,000 for the full, which wound from downtown St. Louis to Forest Park to Clayton.
Now-Boulder, Colo. Resident David Glennon is a CBC grad who grew up in St. Louis. He won the men's marathon in 2:34:34.65. It's his first marathon win.
"I like competing, and for me, that's the main part," he said about his victory.
Watch Glennon talk more about his first marathon win the video below:
Kenyan Jacob Chemtai won the half marathon in 1:03:14, and Kellyn Johnson won the women's race in 1:11:51 – breaking last year's course record in the process.
It was a challenging course – one that featured "Holly Hill" on Olive Street, an incline steep enough to warrant its own separate time.
Even though running a half or full marathon is memorable enough in its own right, one unsuspecting runner will probably remember April 6 for a different reason.
Shortly after cross the marathon finish line, Dani Dell 'Orco was greeted by her family – flowers in hand. Also there? Her boyfriend, Kyle, who had one question on his mind: "will you marry me?"
"There's 26 miles in a marathon, so I went and got 26 flowers in her favorite color orange, and I wrote a little note on each one for a reason why I love her, and want to spend my life with her," Kyle Whichter said.
"This is my first big race back in the last three or four years and so, this is meaningful on a lot of levels," Dani Dell 'Orco said.