By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer
Region – Despite the increased security put in place this year, the atmosphere along the course of the 118th Boston Marathon was festive April 21.? The spectators cheered, rang cowbells, waved signs and shouted out encouragement to individual runners.? The runners were interacting with the crowd and many were thanking the public safely officials along the route.? Along the course, there was a live band playing at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and the outdoor speakers at TJ's Food and Spirits in Ashland were blaring local favorites such as “Sweet Caroline.”
Well over 100 local runners from the Community Advocate readership area completed the marathon, each with their own fascinating stories.? Neel Tarneja of Shrewsbury was the fastest local runner, with a time of 2:29:04 and was the 82nd overall finisher of the race.? Lisa Danielson had the top women's time among the Shrewsbury runners, with a time of 3:34:04.
From Southborough, Lauren Sischo completed the course in 3:13:47and Jonathan Young had a time of 3:16:55.? The top runners from Westborough were Doug McLucas with a time of 2:57:40 and Laura Grasso with a time of 3:17:26.
From Northborough, the top runners were Heather Capes with a time of 4:27:51 and Ron Lipka with a time of 2:50:58.? Chris Benestad also finished in less than 3 hours, with a time of 2:53:20.
The top runners from Marlborough were Marc Reid with a time of 3:03:46 and Mary Beth Ryan, with a time of 3:23:09.? Hudson's top finishers were Jacob Leblanc, 3:13:06 and Sharon Foster, 4:23:44.