, Salem, MA


April 22, 2014

Local runners relish Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Jason Garrity proved why he earned one of the lowest numbers given out to runners in yesterday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon

The 27-year-old from Topsfield had the best finish of any runner currently living on the North Shore, finishing the 26-2 mile Hopkinton-to-Boston trek in a blistering time of 2:37.15. Garrity, who wore bib no. 470, finished 236th overall out of almost 36,000 runners.

Beverly’s Brian Tinger was the next local resident to cross the finish line on Bolyston Street. The 36-year-old Garden City resident finished in 2:54.44, placing 1,451st overall.

Ron Devoe of Danvers, running his 18th straight Boston Marathon, finished in 4:37. Times, however, weren’t the biggest thing on everyone’s mind yesterday.

“Just to be there, I felt great the whole way,” said Devoe. “Boston is unpredictable, and that’s what makes it great. All my long training runs were in five degree weather, and it was 67. It took its toll.”

David Rein, 65, of Beverly agreed. He finished in 3:49.45, 15 seconds ahead of next year’s Boston Athletic Association cutoff time. This was his 26th Boston Marathon.

“I normally don’t drink much water,” Rein said. “But today I was drinking every two miles. I even dumped some on my head.”

Thirty-four-year-old Ross Patterson of Marblehead was third among the locals (2:58.40), with Robert Carroll, 43, of South Hamilton next (3:05.21) and 40-year-old Christian Blondin of Ipswich following him in fifth among North Shore residents (3:05.35).

Taking spots 6-through-10 for North Shore men yesterday were Bradley Gates of Danvers (3:06.54), Brett Rickenbach of Danvers (3:08.47), Jason Wertz of Ipswich (3:09.08), Mike Paulin of Beverly (3:09.46) and Jeffrey Capobiano of Ipswich (3:13.00).

On the women’s side, 36-year-old Tara Paulin of Beverly led all North Shore female finishers in a time of 3:09.47 (one second behind her husband). She was the 350th woman to finish the race.

Another Beverlyite, 29-year-old Karen Pulkkinen, was second among local women in a time of 3:11.20. She was followed by Danvers’ Colleen Ryan (3:11:32) in third place, Suzanne Chaves of Danvers (3:21.52) in fourth place and Katherine Faulkner of South Hamilton in fifth (3:22.13).

Rounding out the top 10 for the women were Courtney Eustace of Beverly (3:23.09), Kathryn Cooper of Marblehead (3:24.42), Jackie Deppen of Swampscott (3:27.21), Sally Reiley of Marblehead (3:34.30) and Salem’s Marie Duignan (3:34.30).




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