Friedman, a Franklin native and former long distance runner at the Tulane, staged a dramatic come from behind run during the final mile of the 26.2-mile course which snaked its way through City Park, past the old tennis complex and the sculpture garden.
With nearly 800 meters left, Friedman made his move to overtake Peter Omae en route to winning the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.
Friedman watched the distance between him and Omae shrink Sunday morning, February 24 until he put on his final kick to win the annual race.
With about 800 meters left, Friedman took over the lead, surpassing Omae, and finishing with a strong kick to continue his long string of victories in the annual race.
Friedman won the race in the time of two hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds. He also won last year’s race, as well as in 2005 and 2007-2009 when the race was known then as the Mardi Gras Marathon.