Several Local Runners Compete at Boston Marathon

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Published on April 22 2014 1:48 pm
Last Updated on April 22 2014 1:48 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo claimed her second straight Boston Marathon title Monday and Meb Keflezighi became the first American male to win the oldest marathon in 31 years.

Jeptoo crossed the finish line in a course record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, shattering the previous mark of 2:20:43 set by Kenya's Margaret Okayo in 2002. It was the third Boston Marathon victory for Jeptoo, as she first claimed the title in 2006.

Keflezighi then held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet to capture the men's crown, finishing in 2:08:37. He won the New York City Marathon in 2009 and became the first American winner in Boston since Greg Meyer in 1983. Nearly 36,000 runners took part in this year's marathon, the most since the centennial running in 1996, and it began Monday in Hopkinton with a moment of silence to honor the victims of last year's bombings at the finish line.

Locally, George Westjohn's son, Yale, completed the marathon with a time of 3:16.

"Bev and I are really proud of him as he only started running three years ago after he was challenged by his brother Stan," said George Westjohn. "He did not do any running of any kind before that."

Westjohn finished in 5,510 overall place.

Also, former First Christian Church pastor Joe Briseno, competed and finished with a time of 4:27.41.

If there are any other local runners, contact the radio station and give your time and place.