Area runners take on Boston Marathon
Run on Patriots' Day, a national holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, more than 30,000 runners will start in Hopkinton and make their way through Ashland, Wellesley and Newton before hitting Heartbreak Hill and down to the finish on Boylston Street.
The athletes are allocated by waves and corrals, with the lower numbers starting first. The cutoff from Wave 1 to Wave 2 is 3 hours, 9 minutes, 36 seconds. For Wave 3 it's 3:28:48 and Wave 4 is 3:57:39.
Bennington's Patrick Deedy, the head athletic trainer at Southern Vermont College, will be one of the earliest starters, in the first wave in his first Boston Marathon. Manchester's Deirdre Walsh, David Edry, a second-time qualifier, and Olivia Maeder are all in the second wave, as are Bennington's Jessica Chapman — a second-time competitor — and Readsboro's Jan Rancatti.
Rancatti, 57, will compete in his 29th consecutive Boston Marathon, a mark few runners have matched.
Cambridge, N.Y.'s Roy Headwell is also in the second wave.
In the third wave, North Bennington's Tracy Bushee will compete for the second time after finishing the race in 2016.
Peru's Tiffany Teaford and Jennifer Freeman will also be in the third wave. For Teaford, she's racing Boston for the second time.
Jean Marie Kratzer from Cambridge, N.Y. will also be in the third wave.
The weather is set to be brutal for mid-April, with temperatures in Boston only in the mid to upper-40s with wind and cold rain.
To follow along with the runners, go to baa.org or download the Boston Marathon app on your smartphone.
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