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Local runners compete at Boston Marathon
Nine Auburn-area athletes were among 672 Washington runners in the prestigious Boston Marathon on Monday.
The 118th running of the 26.2-mile race featured nearly 36,000 official entrants.
San Diego's Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the race since 1983, finishing the course in a time of 2 hours, 8.37 minutes. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya was the first woman to cross the finish line, posting a time of 2:18.57.
For the locals, Justin Adams, 36, from Lake Tapps, finished in 3:10.03, which was 3,794th in the men's division, 4,151st overall.
Tim Wright, 46, of Auburn, ran the course in 3:11.17, finishing 3,988th in the men's division, 4,391st overall. Auburn's Clinton Kaku, 52, posted a time of 3:25.30, and Jeffrey Wolf, 37, also of Auburn, finished in 3:31.10.
In the women's division, Lake Tapps resident Heidi R. Kriss, 39, finished 1,439th with a 3:28.27. Also finishing were Deidre Tarkany, 42, Lake Tapps, 3:33.57; Andrea Ryker, 47, Auburn, 3:46.09; Laurie Rice, 51, Auburn, 3:41.01; and Jennifer Balentine, 39, Lake Tapps, 3:59.26.
Last year's Boston Marathon took center stage when a bombing at the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260.
More than 80,000 people, including 10,000 volunteers turned out in downtown Boston for the event.
This year's race included more than 1,900 medical personnel and 3,500 security personnel from local, state and federal agencies.
The course had 26 Red Cross stations, 24 hydrating stations and volunteers serving up more than 35,000 gallons of water in 1.4 million paper cups for runners, volunteers and spectators.
Prior to the race, runners were served a pasta dinner at Boston City Hall by the Wellesley College student body. That meal included more than 11,300 pounds of pasta, 2,825 quarts of tomato sauce, 3,400 pounds of fresh veggies and 100 pounds of ground black pepper. For dessert, 15,000 Easter Bunnies and 97,200 Hershey's Kisses were handed out.