Yesterday’s 3rd place finisher from Berks County was running his *first* marathon

Berks County native will make you feel terrible about yourself.

Nick Hilton, who ran high school cross-country for Exeter Township in Berks County and until recently lived in Reading, finished the Philadelphia marathon yesterday in 2:19:36. That’s good for third place. And it was his first time running. Here’s what he wrote on his blog before the race.

Needless to say, I’m very excited to go home for a bit, run a race, see family and friends, and just spend a wee-little bit of time back in the keystone state.  It’s always a refresher to see everybody (although I practically guarantee that I’ll be WAY more tired when I get back to Flag than when I left), and is a fantastic way to reset and get ready for the second part of the year.”

And here’s his rationale for debuting in Philadelphia.

I can’t think of a better place to debut than Philly.  It’s a great running town, and I definitely have always wanted to do something big in Philadelpha (since I feel like I’ll have some homefield advantage).  So what’s bigger than trying to win my debut marathon in front of the hometown crowd?

This sounds like a guy who was just happy to be there, not someone who anticipated placing third. For comparison’s sake, by the way, his time would have been good for 16th at the New York Marathon.