Publix Georgia Marathon Won By Divinity Student

  • Winner of the female division of Publix Georgia Marathon Kaye Anne Starosciak.

    Winner of the female division of Publix Georgia Marathon Kaye Anne Starosciak.  (Fox News)

  • McWilliams winning the Publix Georgia Marathon.

    McWilliams winning the Publix Georgia Marathon.  (LifeTime Fitness/ Ga Marathon)

A soggy Sunday with Spring showers did not hinder the inspired running performance of 23-year old David McWilliams -- who won the 2015 Publix Georgia marathon with a race time of 2 hour and 34 minutes.

It was the first win for McWilliams, a divinity student at Emory University, and amazingly, only his 2nd marathon ever.

"It was a blast. Weather turned out to be perfect. "McWilliams said in an interview with "The spectators were perfectly spread out so every time I started to feel kind of  tense, I had them to cheer me on and relax. I definitely appreciate that."

McWilliams, from Decatur, Georgia, stood out not only with his fast pace and large 6'4'' build but with his unique background. McWilliams studies theology at Emory University and intends to be a Methodist minister when he completes his divinity studies.

Kaye Anne Starosciak, 41, of Canton, GA won the female division with a time of 3 hours and 5 minutes.

The Publix Georgia marathon is notorious for its multitude of hills throughout the 26.2 mile race, but Starosciak, a first time winner of the event it served as a practice run for the Boston marathon in April .

"Hills are good. I like hills," Starosciak said smiling right after she finished the marathon. "It was good stuff."

The 41-year old said she was running for the Rally charity organization that raises money for children battling cancer.

"Honestly today was not really a race for me but I was doing this for a bigger cause." She said. "I can run 26 miles in the rain for kids with cancer."

More than 10,000 people participated in the marathon and half marathon that leads runners through the hillside streets of Atlanta.