DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday morning, runners took their mark at the iconic Darlington Raceway for the second annual Darlington Marathon.
Stepping foot along the historic track made for NASCAR races is not something many people get to do. On Saturday, nearly 300 people got to do just that, which makes this marathon experience unlike many others.
For these runners, the day started well before the sun came up. The Darlington Marathon is now a Boston Marathon-qualifying race, and that attracted some top competitors today.
The 2014 marathon course was completely redesigned. The 26-mile path takes runners through all five of Darlington's historic districts, Williamson Park and back to the raceway. The new scenic setting is much different that last year's, which took runners along the highway towards Hartsville and back to the Lady In Black.
Dozens of spectators crowded the finish line to cheer on their friends and family. Most runners crossed the finished line with sweat, smiles and a feeling of victory, especially the first place marathon winner, Michael Zadnik. He says, "I ran this last year, I actually finished second. So my mission was to win it. It was a great finish."
All of the runners ended their race with a loop around "The Track too Tough to Tame."