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April 16, 2013

Dowsett has Newburyport's top marathon finish, Hribar top female

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The explosions in Boston occurred roughly 4 hours and 50 minutes after the sound of the gun in Hopkinton. Since many of the runners who raise money for charity cross the starting line roughly 30 minutes after the sound of the gun, those who ran the race under 4:20 seemed to finish, while those who ran slightly slower may have been rerouted before the finish. Newburyport’s Jennifer Shevlin was the final Newburyport runner to cross the finish line in a time of 4:18.43. She crossed at 2:42 in the afternoon — about eight minutes before the first reported distress call.

Newburyport’s Eric Bowden, Sharon Chase, Erin Connors, Alexandra Curry, Dale Granger-Eckert and Jennifer Sullivan all started the race, made it through the half-marathon checkpoint, but were unable to cross the finish line due to the stoppage of the race.

Paul Crochiere, 54, posted the fastest time of Amesbury residents, finishing in 3:00.21. Elizabeth Dollas, 36, was the top female in 3:19.55. Matt Solazzo, 31, completed his first Boston Marathon in 3:39.23.

“It was beautiful weather, great running conditions,” Solazzo said. “I ran Cape Cod in 2007, and this was a lot better. The crowds were unbelievable.”

Amesbury’s Kevin St. Onge, Elizabeth Van Hoven and Brian Zudeck trained, fundraised for the race and completed 99 percent of the race, but did not cross the finish line.

Only eight of the 10 runners from West Newbury who started the race made it through the finish line. Donald Dwight, 50, passed through the finish line at 2:45 p.m. in a time of 4:19.30.

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