Buhler, 26, easily finished ahead of the pack both years. On Sunday, he didn't see another marathon competitor for the final five miles and finished 10 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Daniel Stone.
“I just got in my own zone and stayed relaxed,” he said. “I was pretty hydrated. I had people helping me out along the course (with water) as well as more accessibility to the aid stations this year, which helps a lot.
“Hydration, you got to do through the week. I kind of prepared all week for that.”
Next year, Buhler will have the opportunity to be first man to win three consecutive Memorial Marathons, unless dental school interferes.
“I would love to come back, but we have our licensure board exams always this week, so maybe we will get something worked out,” he said.