Many local runners were able to get across the finish line at the Boston Marathon yesterday before the race was called due to two explosions in Copley Square.
Steve Dowsett had Newburyport’s top finish in the Boston Marathon, posting a time of 2:52.48. Dowsett, a 25-year-old member of Whirlaway Running Club, finished in 1,050th place overall. He ran the first half marathon in 1:22:56 and brought it home in 1:29.54.
Dowsett has established himself as one of the top runners on the local circuit. He placed 30th overall in last year’s Yankee Homecoming 10-Mile Road Race in 58:28. He finished second at last year’s inaugural Flag Day Race.
Newburyport resident Maddy Hribar had the top finish among local women, placing 152nd among all females in 3:01.17. Hribar came close to negative-splitting the Boston Marathon, taking the race out in 1:29.44 before finishing in 1:31.33.
“I ran the best I could today,” Hribar posted on her dailymile.com page. “More importantly, my whole family and my team and friends are safe. I can not imagine what people are going through who are missing loved ones. Please pray for Boston.”
Newburyport’s Karen Durante placed sixth among 60- to 64-year-old women in a time of 3:35.20. Durante’s previous best time in Boston was 2011 when she ran it in 3:39.57. Yesterday was her 10th marathon. She posted her fastest marathon last year in Chicago in 3:23.54.
Two other Newburyport men broke the 3-hour mark yesterday — Curtis Moore (2:57.44) and Joe Gurczak (2:58.31). Moore, 32, is a four-time champion of the Race Around the World 2.4-mile race in Antartica. Gurczak, a Winner’s Circle Running Club member, had half marathon splits of 1:28:58 and 1:29.33. Gurczak’s training partner, Newburyport High and Winner’s Circle coach Mike McCormick, finished his 31st marathon in 3:34.34.
The Winner’s Circle Running Club bus had yet to return to Salisbury as of 9 p.m. last evening. It was delayed due to the evacuation of the Lenox Hotel in Boston. Typically, Winner’s Circle members rent a hotel room to shower and change clothes after the race, but yesterday the runners were left without a meeting spot when the hotel was evacuated. It took hours to coordinate a meeting spot for the runners and the bus driver. The bus didn’t leave Boston until close to 7:30 p.m.