Spectating a point-to-point marathon is rather like being given a Tolstoy novel with instructions to get all you can from it by reading any one page you like. Do you read the first page, where the threads of the main drama are introduced? Do you read the climactic page, where the clash of opposing forces is resolved, and one emerges triumphant? Or perhaps some page in the middle, of no particular import in itself, but carrying with it a suggestion of the shape of the whole story…?
It was in the latter mode that your correspondent spectated the race from the sidelines in Wellesley. At that point Smith was still far out in front, the first runner in sight by a good minute. But the shape of that particular story was already visible in her stride, running swift, but not easy.
In a few minutes the men came by, Hall in the front just as last year, looking like a Rift Valley training group out for a long tempo–if you can call 4:50s a tempo pace. This scene was such an exact copy of last year that it was hard to be surprised by Hall’s final results: once again an American CR, once again 4th overall.
Then at last the main field, pouring by in torrents. Watching the first Wave come through is an impressive sight. The crowd is entertained by the costumed runners: man in gorilla-suit, Hamburger & Hotdog, caveman running in nothing but a leather breechclout and his number. Still, the runners themselves are the main attraction, because there are so many, and they are hammering out such a great pace.
Imagine your correspondent’s surprise when he returned home to see the winning time of 2:03:02! The IAAF may disagree–something about the Boston course being too easy, apparently?–but we Bosties know where the REAL World Record has been set!
Congratulations to the all GNRCers who ran and kicked butt, and generally made the most of a cool and beautiful day. Four PRs, and fast times throughout!
3:24:32 Alaimo, John (PR)
4:07:46 Culkins-Bair, Melissa
3:24:11 Burke, Donald S.
3:24:00 Colleran, Rose P. (PR)
3:58:28 Crispi, Tricia (PR)
4:07:20 Curran, John
3:37:06 Estes, George C Jr.
3:11:38 Ferrari, Michael
3:15:54 Holt-Wilson, Mary R. (PR)
3:35:37 Jones, Tracey A.
2:54:07 Laidley, Zac
3:31:21 Larkin, Maureen
(GP Results have been updated–contacted dmw about any errors).