The effects of the horrific weather were felt throughout the field of 25,000, as more than 1,000 participants were treated for hypothermia. Even the elite runners felt the dramatic consequences of the weather. The overall men’s winning time was the slowest in 42 years, while the top women’s time was the slowest since 1978.
The great Kenyan gladiators who normally dominate the Boston leaderboard weren’t immune to the effects of the brutal conditions. Only one Kenyan male and female finished in the top 15 among their gender.
Scott Thomas, 26, was the top area finisher with a 2:51 clocking, while Alexandra Crabb was the first local female across the finish line in 3:07. Lauri Wilson was the highest age group finisher, placing ninth in the 55-59 division with a stellar 3:32.
Jim Ryan, the University of Virginia’s incoming president, clocked a speedy 3:11. One of the most amazing feats of the day was recorded by 54-year-old St. Anne’s-Belfield cross country coach Andy Beardsley, who pushed his best friend, Larsen Klingel, in a running wheelchair over the hilly 26.2-mile course through the pouring rain in an amazing 3:40.
Other impressive local times of note in the frigid conditions, were turned in by Emily Bascom (3:15), Jason Brown (3:01), Joan Bienvenue (3:28), Harry Landers (3:56), Sean Stanford (3:15), Cynthia Clark (3:34), Mike Citro (3:02), Jaime Kurtz (3:39) and Wade Foster (2:52).