It wasn’t just a race this year.
It was redemption.
For 36,000 runners, the Boston Marathon on Monday was a way to crush the demons that had marred last year’s event, when two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people and injuring dozens more.
Morristown was well represented in this year’s 26-2 mile jaunt through the streets of Boston, with 13 athletes crossing the finish line, according to Boston Athletic Association's website baa.org. Seven men and six women completed the race with times ranging from less than three hours to more than five hours. But what’s most important is that they finished it.
The runners and their ages and times are:
- Ward Kane, 53, 2:55.52
- Juliet Beatty, 38, 3:07.41
- James Grizzetti, 50, 3:12.23
- Barbara Franz, 46, 3:43.45
- Zsuzsanna Carlson, 41, 3:45.41
- Mark Nyhan, 49, 3:48.46
- Nora Cary, 59, 3:53.17
- Brian Cupka, 59, 4:33.32
- Elizabeth Jennison, 52, 4:45.38
- Paul Sullivan, 47, 4:57.15
- Carl Fenske, 63, 4:57.24
- Lynn Castrataro, 48, 5:07.43
- Bob Moran, 62, 5:21.09
Monday’s race was historical for another reason, as the first American man since 1983 came in first place. Meb Keflezighi finished with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Keflezighi also won silver in the 2004 Olympics marathon and came in fourth in the 2012 Games.