Bellingham training partners Kristen Carter and Amber Morrison had good showings at the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, as both had top-50 finishes among women's runners.
Carter, 26, who got to start with the top 50 women's runners in the elite division, ended up turning in the 34th fastest women's time by covering the legendary course in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 38 seconds. Carter, who participated in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials about 15 months ago, was running Boston for the first time, but she was the 18th fastest American women's finisher.
Morrison, 32, who went into the race seeking "something under 2:49" nearly hit her mark in her second time running the marathon, as she covered the 26.2 miles in 2:49:58. That was the 45th fastest women's time and 26th fastest turned in by an American woman.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the overall title in just his second race at the 26.2-mile distance. Desisa out sprinted two other East Africans down Boylston Street to win in 2:10:23. American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second straight year.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women's race for the second time. Jeptoo also won in 2006, but she took two years off after having a baby. She finished Monday in 2:26:25. That was 33 seconds better than Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia. American Shalane Flanagan was fourth.
Bellingham's Patrick McBride, 38, was the only other Whatcom County finisher under 3 hours, as he came in 948th in his division in 2:55:29.
Bellingham's Charles Claassen, 42, was 393rd in his division with a time of 3:03:42, while Ericka Lombardi, 45, was 109th in her division in 3:29:29.
Bob Marvel, 49, was the top Ferndale finisher with a time of 3:39:24, while Bellingham's Bill Pech, 63, finished 234th in his division with a time of 3:48:21.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Here is a look at the Whatcom County finishers in the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013:
|Keely Barten||28||F||Bellingham||Not yet available||Not yet available|
|Kristen Good||31||F||Bellingham||Not yet available||Not yet available|
|Kathy Herndon||51||F||Bellingham||Not yet available||Not yet available|
|Dorene Marvel||52||F||Ferndale||Not yet available||Not yet available|