Mohamed Fadil didn't have an arrogant tone when he expressed his reaction to winning the 10th annual U.S. Bank OC Marathon in course-record breaking fashion Sunday at the finish line in Costa Mesa. He was just being honest when he said he used the race as a workout to prepare for his upcoming events.
"This was a nice way to test my fitness," Fadil said.
The 32-year-old, who lives in Albuquerque, NM and is originally from Morocco, finished the 26.2 miles in an unofficial 2 hours, 21 minutes, 41 seconds, coming in under the previous record of 2:22:45, set in 2011 by Peter Omae Ayieni of Kenya. Fadil said he is working hard to prepare for the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., June 21.
Fadil said he was aware of the course record at the start of the race and went after it halfway through the course that begins at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, runs past Balboa Island, through Irvine, into Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, ending at the OC Fair.