Who won the 2022 Charlotte, NC Marathon?

A Durham man won Saturday’s Novant Health Charlotte Marathon, and a Charlotte runner finished first among women in the 26.2-mile race across the Queen City.

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Nearly 6,000 athletes from 45 states and six countries competed in the 18th rendition of the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, organizers said. WELL-RUN MEDIA

Nearly 6,000 athletes from 45 states and six countries competed in the 18th rendition of the run, organizers said.

Jacob Rutz finished first in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 44 seconds, according to the marathon.

Erin Del Guidice was the top woman finisher with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 51 seconds, race results showed.

“Went out strong, probably a little too hard,” Rutz told marathon officials about his first marathon attempt. “Weather, humidity … not going to sandbag it, it was a pretty good race, all things considered.”

‘It was hot,’ top women’s finisher says

Del Guidice is a veteran marathoner and first-time Charlotte finisher.

“It was hot, it was hilly, but it’s a good course,” she told officials, according to a marathon news release. “Will I be back for it next year? We’ll see!”

In the Saturday half marathon, Xavier Salvador from Washington was the top men’s finisher with a time of 1:13:25.

Charlottean Hannah Wolkenhauer was the top women’s finisher, clocking a time of 1:29:00, according to the race results.

Waxhaw runner Will Walsh topped the men’s field in Saturday’s Chick-fil-A 5K, with a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds.

Nikki Byrne from Chapel Hill was the top women’s finisher with a time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds.

Complete results are available on

Runners “resilient” despite weather

Runners faced warmer-than-average temperatures and higher winds than normal, resulting in “less-than-perfect running weather” that “may have slowed today’s finish times,” organizers said.

Highs were in the low- to mid-60s from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. with winds at 5 to 10 mph, meteorologist Justin Lane of the National Weather Service office in Greer, South Carolina, told The Charlotte Observer.

Yet “runners are a resilient bunch by nature,” Tim Rhodes, RunCharlotte president and Charlotte Marathon race director said in the news release.

“They rose to the occasion and the elements … we couldn’t be more excited for them,” he said. “And we can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to the participants, the volunteers, our partners and our team for making this event such a success.”

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.

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