An hour and 10 minutes after the starting gun, UT Arlington indoor track team member Carlos Arias, of Houston, cruises to the finish line winning the Cowtown Half-Marathon. Arias is 19 and had never run a half-marathon before, let alone won one.
"It feels great. I wasn't expecting that,” said Arias, a few minutes after breaking the tape.
“We've been doing more 3K, 5K training in college, so I wasn't expecting to go this long, so it was a good day."
Lamech Mosoti ran the Cowtown Marathon for the first time because his agent lives in Fort Worth. The native of Kenya who lives and trains in Santa Fe, N.M., broke the course record by about 20 seconds, finishing in just over 2 hours and 17 minutes.
"About halfway I looked at my watch and was like, 'If I push I can do the course record' and making a course record is making history," said Mosoti.
Mike Wardian of Arlington, Va., shattered the 50K Ultra Marathon course record by 10 minutes, racing 31 miles in just over three hours. For Wardian, the ultra marathon, with a 100k coming up in New Zealand soon, is a warm up.
"I think anyone can do it actually,” said Wardian, who wasn’t even breathing heavy moments after the win. “It just takes making a commitment and I'm lucky I have a bunch of great sponsors that help me do it and a super supportive family, my wife and kids are completely on board."
About 10,000 people competed in Sunday’s Cowtown Marathon. A record 29,000 people ran Cowtown races this weekend.