According to the Portland Press Herald, Ben True is a West Yarmouth native who narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S olympic team in the 5,000 meters. But this past Saturday, he crossed the finish line first at the Beach to Beacon 10k. This made him the first American (male or female) to ever win this race. The fact that he grew up in Maine and ran the race when he was a teen made his victory that much more triumphant.

True crossed the finish line at 28 minutes and and 16.3 seconds, HOLY MOLY. I am lucky to finish one 5k in the time never mind two. True walked away with the 10,000 dollar first place prize AND another 5,000 for being the top U.S finisher.

It was bitter sweet for True who deep down wished he was in Rio running in the olympics. But to run the Beach to Beacon 10k and be the first American to ever win first place, that is a pretty solid redemption.