By Matt Williams
---- — Nearly 25,000 people began the 117th Boston Marathon yesterday, but the normally joyous day was cut short just after the four hour mark. Two explosions rocked the finish line, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100 others.
In a typical year, hundreds of North Shore residents and natives complete the 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, though that was number was certainly limited by the violence that forced the race to be stopped.
Salem High graduate Aaron Judge ran Boston for the eighth straight year and finished in 2:56:56. It was his fastest time by better than two minutes, and he enjoyed running in the fair temperature and windless conditions.
“I was around the corner from the explosion. My parents and I had gone to the Prudential Center,” said Judge, who recently completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering. “I heard it and I was hoping it was a gas line, or something unintentional. It was pretty scary.”
Beverly’s Paul Guanci, running to support Dana Farber, finished in 3:59:18.
“I was just getting the medal put around my neck when I heard the kaboom,” Gaunci said.
Davie Rein, of Beverly, took a deferment because of last year’s unusually high temperatures and finished right where he wanted to, time-wise, in 3:36:47. It was his 25th time running Boston for the 64-year-old Rein, who was met by his children and eight grandchildren at the finish line.
“It’s a tough course even if you have good weather,” Rein said. “My quads were screaming around 13 miles.”
Adam Kingsbury, 24, of Marblehead was one of the top local finishers with a time of 2:38:59. That excellent showing ranked him 233rd among all men.
Brendan Reed of Swamspcott turned in a solid time of 3:38:03. Matt Cloyd was running in support of his cousin, Beverly’s Pete Frates, and his fight against ALS, and was at 4:38 around the 40K mark before the race was halted.
The top finisher from Beverly was Brian Tinger, who ran 2:56:25.
Barry Tom and Greg Esbitt each ran 3:07 to post the best times from Salem, though Madeline Weber’s 3:08:51 was in the top 300 times among all women running. Longtime runner Chip Tuttle turned in a 3:54:24 and Beth O’Grady ran 4:00:59.
Former Peabody High track standout Katrina Gravel ran a phenomenal 2:59 to finish 101 in her age group and 117 overall among all women. The Tanner City also had a top age group finisher in Harold Beard, who ran 3:13:16 to place 75th among men ages 55-59.
Danvers was also well represented on the leader board, with Colleen Ryan’s 3:08:42 placing 25th among women ages 40-44.
Michael Jones of Ipswich ran 3:25:49 for the top finish among runners registered from his town while Swamspcott was led by James DeLoid, who ran 3:24:46.
Leanne Tierney ran 3:46:47 as the top runner from Boxford. Cherie Hendrickson, who recently helped the Boston Blades pro women’s hockey team win the CWHL championship, was at 4:51:12 at the 40K mark when the race stopped.
Middleton had some very strong times. Carlos Trujillo ran 2:19:24 to finish 19th among all men and Michael Arsenault turned in a 3:01:21. Gretchen Fishman (3:24:50), Paul Kmiecik (3:19:37), Gina Smith (3:02:08) and Madelyn Steeves (3:34:56) all finished in the top 200 of their age groups.
Topsfield’s Jason Garrity ran 2:38:53.