More than two dozen local runners were in New England on Monday to participate in the country’s oldest race – the 120th edition of the Boston Marathon – held on Patriots’ Day.
Residents from Hampstead to Leland ranging in age from 21 to 64 made the trip, looking to accomplish the memorable 26.2-mile trek and cross the historic finish line on Bolyston Street.
After placing within the top 100 overall during his last two trips to Boston, Tom Clifford, founder of locally based Without Limits, finished the feat in 2:52:51. It was the best time of any area competitor thanks to a one-mile pace of 6 minutes and 36 seconds.
This was Clifford’s third time running in Beantown. He’s also initialized the annual Quintiles Marathon in Wilmington, which serves as a Boston-qualifying event.
Admittedly, Clifford, 32, did not train as hard for the race as in years past. The Wilmington resident recently became a new father to daughter Grace. Still, Clifford lived up to the Without Limits brand he’s made popular across the local running community and closed Monday’s race in the top 700 overall.
Of the 29 area runners in Boston, 14 were Without Limits-coached athletes. Another local group, Wilmington Road Runners Club, was also well represented.
Erin Hogston, 35, and Michelle Fogle, 33, were the top two female finishers from the area with unofficial times of 3:10:06 and 3:15:29, respectively.
New Hanover County Commission candidate Dr. Derrick Hickey was another notable name from the Port City to achieve the feat. He’s a multiple time runner at Boston, closing his unofficial time at 3:34:52.
Listed below is the entire list of area runners who registered for this year’s marathon. Click here for searchable results.
For the first time in its country’s history, Ethiopia had a pair of runners win the men’s and women’s titles to sweep the annual event, which included over 30,000 participants. Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the elite men’s division with a time of 2:12:45, while Atsede Baysa won her division in 2:29:19.
The top American male finisher was Zachary Hine (Texas), who finished 10th in 2:21:37. The first American to cross for the women was Neely Spence Gracey (Colorado), who ended ninth in a time of 2:35.
Boston Marathon qualifiers from southeastern North Carolina
- Mark Basquill, 55, Male, BIB number: 14685
- William Block. 60, Male, BIB number: 17508
- Stacey Bufalini, 39, Female, BIB number: 15253
- Tom Clifford, 32, Male, BIB number: 144
- Erin Cuellar, 25, Female, BIB number: 27546
- Phillip M. Davis Sr., 55, Male, BIB number: 17523.
- Karen Eckberg, 31, Female, BIB number: 3880
- Rebekah Filer, 42, Female, BIB number: 26979
- Tay Filer, 46, Male, BIB number: 4559
- Michelle Fogle, 33, Female, BIB number: 16925
- Joanne Harcke, 49, Female, BIB number: 23370
- Keria Hetem, 27, Female, BIB number: 16379
- Derrick Hickey, 45, Male, BIB number: 8492
- Erin Hogston, 35, Female, BIB number: 7081
- Amanda Jacobs, 39, Female, BIB number: 18741
- Jared Jagutis, 36, Male, BIB number: 27596
- Leanne Johnson, 37, Female, BIB number: 12498
- Cain Leathers, 21, Male, BIB number: 948
- Shelley Malloy, 49, Female, BIB number: 19824
- Shannon O’Neil, 23, Female, BIB number: 14004
- Brittany Perkins, 26, Female, BIB number: 9241
- William Richardson, 64, Male, BIB number: 20916
- Kristen Rider, 28, Female, BIB number: 14005
- Stuart Ross, 56, Male BIB number: 11274
- Angela Sekely, 23, Female, BIB number: 17703
- Cameron Simmons, 45, Male, BIB number: 11889
- Jeffrey Smith, 53, Male, BIB number: 10849
- Doug Wheeler, 49, Male, BIB number: 10734
- Alecia Williams, 54, Female, BIB number: 22534