Many runners have a lot to be proud of after completing their half or full marathon today.
For some, it was their first marathon; and for others, it was another one for the books.
Fox 10's Courtney Griffin caught up with both winners, male and female, who happen to both be from Arizona.
Months of preparation for this moment right here.
“I'm stoked, I wasn't expecting that at all.”
Tommy Puzey from Flagstaff got first place in the marathon coming in at 2 hours and 25 minutes.
“That last 200 meters was fun,” said Puzey. “What was the hardest part? Miles 5-10 early on, you know because, you get scared because it's early on, you get scared because it's early on and you hurt Early one and you start to analyze and think I have 20 more miles to do and you get caught up in looking at the race as a whole, and that will crush you mentally, so you have to break it down.”
Tanya Gallagher from Sedona, came in first place for the women. Her time was 2 hours and 46 minutes.
“The first half I wanted to just take it easy and reserve because the second half is always harder,” said Gallagher.
Gallagher says though no one qualified for an Olympic time-- it's a good race anytime you cross the finish line.
“There’s a win when you can get to a start line healthy, happy and ready to run hard.
Roughly 4,000 people ran the full marathon and 22,000 people in total, including the half and 10k races.
Runners came from all 50 states and 17 different countries.
Everyone was a good sport. The winners stuck around to hug and support those finishing just after them.