Paul Cummings of Ogden, Utah, broke away from Canadian David Edge in the final mile to win the Houston Marathon by eight seconds.
Cummings finished in 2:11:31 to win the 14th annual race. Edge, from Burlington, Ontario, finished in 2.11:39.
Veronique Marot of Leeds, England, won the women's division in 2:31:33, followed by Francie Larrieu Smith of Buda, Tex., who finished her first marathon ever in 2:33:36.
Cummings and Marot each received $25,000 and a $150,000 life insurance policy for winning the $150,000 event.