Boston Bound Kansas City Style! / Area Runners Take On The Boston Marathon

My third trip to run the Boston Marathon has potential. One reason is I have done next to nothing besides buy a plane ticket for my travel preparations. I am heading solo to Boston so I decided to toss my fate to the Boston Marathon Gods and just show up Sunday afternoon, pick up my race bib and then see what happens regarding lodging and transportation before Marathon Monday. I am either going to get luck and have one helluva story to tell…or be unlucky and have an even better yarn to write in my post-Boston blog. Screw those of you rooting for the latter.

Another reason this Boston Marathon has a chance to be special is the number of Kansas City area runners I was able to meet and bond with last Sunday at our first (annual?) Boston Bound Bash at Johnny Cascone’s in Overland Park. I got the crazy idea of trying to contact every KC-area registered Boston entrant (and even some former Boston alums) and organize a pasta buffet. My hope was to get all these strangers together and find out some of their stories and make running Boston maybe a bit more of a Kansas City thing for all of us.

My son’s high school cross country team always got together the night before a big meet to carbo-load on pasta and get psyched for their race. Why not do the same with all the KC runners heading to Boston? I used the Boston Athletic Association’s official website to query their database of entrants by using area codes on both side of the Missouri and Kansas state lines. I came up with over 125 names, bib numbers, ages, genders and their hometowns – but no emails or mailing addresses.

But this is the age of the Internet, so I turned to social media to reach these fast folks. I posted news about the party on my website, I got runners I knew to email their friends, The Star helped me out by publishing a blurb in the sports section…and people started to respond. A trickle at first, but then more and more heard about our gathering and sent me an email to RSVP. Those who did were incredibly positive about how cool they thought it would be to meet other Boston-bound locals. We ended up with over 70 people at Cascone’s – over 40 of them running Boston this year. Here are some of their stories.

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Peter Clune tuned 40 and his Boston Qualifying time went from him needing to run a 3:10 marathon to needing a 3:15. One of the few perks to aging is that every five years you get to be the youngster in your age bracket and your BQ gets “easier.” Peter headed to Orlando to run Disney in 2011. Peter’s plan was to stick next to the 3:15 pacer and let him lead him to Boston. About the four-mile mark Peter’s pacer got the runs…and I’m not talking about picking up the pace. More like sitting in the port-a-potty with a grimace on his face. About mile 10, the pacer reappeared but he continues to battle his bowels throughout the marathon with multiple stops along the way. “I didn’t wear a watch because I didn’t think I’d need one with an official pacer,” recalled Peter. “I just didn’t know I was going to have such a ‘shitty’ pacer.”

With four miles to go, Peter’s small 3:15 pace group was met by another pace leader who informed the group they were behind their intended finish time. “So we just took off running as fast as we could for the last four miles,” said Peter. As he crossed the finish line the big overhead clock read 3:15:29 – 29 seconds too slow. But Peter knew he had some cushion because his start time was back a few yards from the gun start. When Peter checked his official time on the computer printouts it read 3:15:00 – exactly what he needed to BQ for 2013.

Anthony Lee is 40 but looks 20. He BQ’ed and registered for Boston 2012 but his military unit was deployed to Iraq in the spring of 2012 – leaving Anthony to miss one of the warmest Boston Marathons on record. But Anthony didn’t just let Patriots Day 2012 pass by sniffling over his bad luck. Nope. He donned his shorts and running shoes and headed to the base’s one-mile track – where he ran 26 laps at the same time Boston was happening back home in the states. This April Anthony will be in Hopkinton with a much more interesting view – and a bit more of an audience.

Kimberly Gudenkauf ran her first Marathon in Kansas City wearing cotton shorts, a cotton shirt and no watch after staying home with their third child and watching way too much Oprah. “I figured if she could run the Marine Corps and finish,” said Kim. “I could do this,” She almost quit at mile 22 but a little voice in the back of her head told her to just keep moving forward. She did finish and immediately swore she’d never run another. What she didn’t realize until her husband checked the results later that night is that she won her age group. After she told her coworkers about her marathon the day before, they started to buzz that she might have run well enough to qualify for Boston. Yeah – and by a BUNCH! 14 marathons later Kim is heading back to Boston but this time wearing $150 shoes.

Chau Smith is 63 years old – or 67. When she was a child in Vietnam, Chau’s mother delayed filing her baby girl’s birth certificate until she was four years old. “The war was going on and she just waited to do it,” explains Chau. So Chau has to be the luckiest woman in Kanas City, right? I mean who else gets four years legally whacked off their driver’s license? “No,” she wails. “I want my social security!” She would also like to be running in the proper age group and chasing an easier BQ time. But how great is it that KC will be represented in Boston by a 67-year-old native of Vietnam who is masquerading as a 63 year old? I love this country!

Stacy Scalfaro, Ali Hatfield and Diana Stauffer all live in the same part of town. Stacy was the first to BQ when she took up distance running after a near death experience in childbirth. Her goal was to break four hours. “I decided that if I could survive having a baby “Stacy style” I could do this,” she said. “I worked my butt off and ran 3:44 a Quad Cities in 2009.” She first ran Boston in 2009.

She became a pacer for the KC half in 2010 and both Ali and Diana trained for KC that year. The running addiction caught on quickly. Next Diana decided to run her first marathon at 40 in 2011. I’ll let Stacy tell their story from here.

“Ali and I ran the half in St. Louis while Diana came in just under four hours for her first marathon. She was our project. Ali and I decided we were in good enough shape to get Ali to her first marathon. Running Boston for me was a DREAM. But if you don’t freak out about how fast is too fast or put limits on yourself amazing things can happen. So, we implemented that mantra and headed off to Dallas. Ali qualified on her first marathon ever and I ran a 3:37 because I simply decided there are no limits to what you can do on a race if you believe you can do it.”

“One problem! We needed Diana to qualify. Now this was a challenge because as a fairly new runner she thought we were nuts. We knew she could do it, but she didn’t really know if she could do it. We hit the pavement in the spring and Ali and Diana headed to Chicago for a spring marathon. COMPLETE FAIL!!! But, NO LIMITS, NO REGRETS, the mantra would not let us give up quite yet. With many texts, phone calls and some drama we got her signed up for Quad Cities. And wouldn’t you know it with a lot of hard work and NO LIMITS on what you believe you can do, the girl qualified. She ran four marathons at 40 and qualified for BOSTON.” And this Monday in Hopkinton those three girlfriends will be pounding the pavements together heading to downtown Boston and a storybook ending fit for a fairytale.

Tim Fritson read my first Boston Marathon story, the one where I spent most of the morning in the port-a-potty, and somehow became inspired to run Boston. Tim ran the 400 meter hurdles at Mizzou and is probably best known for getting smoked (with the rest of the Big 12 runners) by Baylor’s Robert Griffin III in the Big 12 Championships. Tim started training with the Liberty High School cross country team while he was serving as an assistant coach. He scheduled Dallas in December of 2011as his target race to BQ. The weather was awful – pelting rain, whipping winds and bone-chilling temps. He still ran 2:54 to finish 34th out of over 7,000 runners to BQ with ease.

When I checked online for his official results, his name was nowhere to be found. After an hour or two, I texted Tim and asked him why his time wasn’t showing up in the official results. He had no idea.

It turned out that the soggy weather played havoc with Tim’s timing chip and he failed to register at more than one of the timing mats on the Dallas course. When Tim went to get this corrected, the race organizers balked. Since it was Tim’s first marathon and his time was so quick, they were not so eager to believe this thin man from Liberty.

Incredibly, Tim had struck up a number of conversations with some of the other fleet runners in his pack. He remembered their names and was able to give them to the race officials. Their testimonies that Tim did run the entire course and later photo evidence allowed Tim to finally get his official BQ. Monday he will use it to conquer Boston.

Don Fitzgerald is one of those guys in my old-man age division that I just can’t beat. I can’t beat Fitz in a short race, a long race or even a race where I cheat. When I got Don’s email that said he was going to attend, it literally made me laugh out loud. “I couldn’t believe it when my wife said she wouldn’t mind going,” he wrote. “Put us down for a group of two.” I wrote back to Don, “I had no idea we were married to the same woman!”

Tom Howard grew up in Maine but lived in Boston for ten years starting back in 2001. He ran distance in high school and college but had never really considered running Boston. But watching the parade of runners stream past Fenway each Patriots Day as he exited the ball park, he started thinking maybe he could join that mob someday. After taking ten years off from running, he started to train and pointed to the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine as his BQ target. He ran 2:57 and finished third overall! The irony of his trip to Boston for his first run at the historic race is that he will do it as a Kansas City resident rather than a Bostonian. Tom married a local girl and she talked him into living here with us – and we are glad she did.

MeLissa Trujillo didn’t have the desire to run Boston until she read an article in Runner’s World two years ago. “I never imagined I could make it to THE RACE,” she said. She wasn’t THAT fast, but the fast people intrigued her and she wanted to be like them. And now she is one of them. She ran a 4:00 PR at Kansas City in 2009. She got serious about endurance training and nailed a 3: 42 in Chicago in 2011. But she still needed a 3:40 to BQ. She got real serious and started working with Eladio, a local distance coach. Together they target the Lincoln Marathon as her BQ race.

“My training was insane,” she recalls. “I did speed work, I didn’t miss a workout, I was eating extremely healthy, hitting the weights…I was on. Long story short…Lincoln was BAD!!! I wanted to stop running all together because I just couldn’t understand what the heck happened. But Bobby Fernandez told me I’d come back stronger…and I did.”

“I trained like it was life and death. I didn’t sign up for the group speed sessions because I didn’t want the pressure…so I did speed work on my own. I woke up EVERY Tuesday morning at 4:30 to do speed work on the local high school track…mind you it was chilly at times and ALWAYS dark, but I did it and I was killing my times! I was feeling great. Day of the race…I wasn’t even nervous. I was ready…game face on…this was my day…and I was doing this! It was the best race of my life! Finish time…3:34!!! I KILLED it! Seven minutes faster than what I needed.”

“When I received my Boston Marathon jacket in the mail it was like Christmas. I will treasure this forever. Hopefully it’s not a one and done. I know what it takes to be a Boston Marathon runner…and yes…I accept the challenge.”

Matt Kruger ran in high school but he wasn’t all that much – good but not great. He joined the cross country team at Washington University in St. Louis and met some of his best friends for life. He didn’t run his first marathon until after he was out of school in 2010.

“It was quite a terrible experience,” he remembers. “I got really bad blisters on my feet and ended up running the last 10k of the race ten minutes slower than my first 10k. I thought about giving up on marathons and focusing on shorter distances after that, but I couldn’t let the marathon get the best of me.”

Matt concentrated on running some half marathons and shorter races and then ran his second marathon in the fall of 2011. This time no blisters – unless you count the clock. Matt smoked his second marathon with a 2:39 finish! When his old college friends got wind of Matt’s accomplishment, they started talking about running Boston in 2013. This Monday Matt will toe the starting line with seven former Wash U. grads. So how does he think he’ll do?

“My training for the race has been going unbelievably well,” says Matt. “I think I’m now in better shape (at least for the longer distances) than I was in college. I’m hoping to run a big PR at Boston. I’ve set a pretty lofty goal of running 2:32. I’m going to give it all I’ve got, and regardless of whether I make it, I’m going to have a great time!”

Matt’s bib number for Boston is 360 — out of 27,000 runners! He is in Wave 1 Corral 1. Bring it home Matthew!

Jeff Maher got his ass kicked by his wife in his first marathon – and she ran a 5:55. Jeff turned 40 in 2007 and so running the Chicago Marathon sounded like a good bucket list item. But Chicago that year was so hot they canceled it about three hours into the race because so many people were falling over from dehydration. Jeff was at mile 17 when they canceled the race but he wanted to finish and get his medal – even though he started cramping at mile nine. He ended up getting passed by his wife and finishing in 6:14.

Six weeks later he regrouped and ran 4:11 at Route 66 in Tulsa. Now he could gracefully retire with that 6:14 eradicated as his PR. But the marathon gets in your blood – or somewhere that just constantly nags at your soul. Jeff wondered if he could break four hours. He tried Chicago again in 2008 – warm again – and clocked 4:07. He immediately signed up for Arizona’s Rock & Roll but didn’t stay in shape over the next three months and dropped a 4:32 in the Valley of the Sun.

“Over the next 18 months I had both knees scoped for meniscus tears,” says Jeff. “I got fat and way out of shape. I hit an all-time high of about 240 lbs. (I ran the other races at about 220.) I am done! Right????”

Nope.

“In Oct of 2010 I was on my company’s website (we are located in Boston) and it said, ‘Interested in running Boston? Click here.’ Knowing I could never qualify (my best time was still almost 40 minutes too long and I just had both knees operated on) I clicked on it and it took me to a charity website called Jumpstart. They were granted 15 bibs for the 2011 Boston marathon (and ’12 and ’13) and were taking applications for fundraisers. I decided I needed the motivation to lose the weight and running the oldest annually run and most prestigious marathon in the world would be my motivation.”

In a phone interview Jeff promised to double the fundraising minimum ($3,250) and they accepted him.

“So now I gotta raise $6500, lose 20 pounds and try not to come in last in the race!”

“They had a charity runner ‘coach’ in Boston that I had access to via email. I told him I wanted to break 4 hours and with my history he felt that it was a very ‘aggressive’ goal but if I put in the training it could happen. He shared with me a different training plan called the ‘Hansons Brooks Distance Project’ and I decided to use it.”

Jeff focused all of his efforts from December until the race in trying to be the top fundraiser for Jumpstart as well as training his ass off so as not to embarrass himself.

“Boston 2011 was a perfect weather day; I ran a 3:41 blowing my PR out of the water. I also blew all of the fundraisers away by raising over $21,000 for Jumpstart. I was on cloud nine for weeks on both accounts. I decided I HAVE to get back to Boston, the experience was just way too fun.”

Jeff was now only 11 minutes shy of his BQ and earning his way back to Boston. He ran Boston weighing 215 and if he could shed a few more pounds, just how low could he go?

“A local friend had purchased online a Hansons Brooks ‘intermediate’ plan and shared it with me,” said Jeff. “Much more detailed than what I used before, I convinced myself I could shave off the necessary time.”

He ran Sioux Falls at 210 lbs, in 3:22:40 and qualified for Boston by eight minutes. He was invited back by Jumpstart to fund raise again but told them they did not need to give him a bib, but that he would do what I could to help out again.

“Still fired up, I went to Little Rock in March of 2012 trained well and ran a new PR of 3:16, getting me into 2013 Boston. I was able to get down to about 205 lbs for that race.”

“Excited about earning my way in, I accepted a spot on their fundraising team and was again their top fundraiser at over $10,000 for the 2012 race. As you know, it was a HOT one and I ran it in a slower than expected 3:51 but it was tough!”

“After running Little Rock in 3:16 I told my wife I NEVER have to run that fast again, I have proven that BQ’ing once was not a fluke now that I had done it a second time,” said Jeff. “But then the competitive juices started flowing and I forgot about the pain and long training and decided to try ONE LAST PR.

Jeff regrouped after NYC was canceled by Hurricane Sandy and found a backup race a week later and ran the Richmond Marathon setting a new PR at 3:13 – running it at close to 200 lbs.

That brings us to Boston 2013. “I am going to run it and try to PR ONE LAST TIME…again!!! We will see…..oh yeah, Jumpstart called again, and I am once again fundraising for them in their final year of getting bibs. I won’t be the top fundraiser this year but I do hope to get them another $5000.”

Jeff’s weight as of last Sunday? 198. Go get ‘em Jeffrey!

Bruce Gilbert is 63 years old and planning to run Boston in 2014, which will be his 6th time. He first ran Boston in 1969 – when he and two Baker University teammates received class credit for running the Boston Marathon. Baker also gave Bruce and his two buddies $100 TOTAL aggregate scholarship for their trip back east.

“$94 of which went to my airfare as the other guys’ dads worked for TWA and they flew free,” recalled Bruce. The entry fee for Boston in 1969 was $2! After the three paid their entries fees, they had used up their $100. They stayed with Baker alums in Boston who fed them and drove them around to keep their costs down.

“$100 covered everything,” said Bruce. “Whereas in 2009 when I ran Boston, the sales tax for my hotel room exceeded $100!”

Bruce plans to run Boston in 2014 and every five years after – for how long? “Until I can’t,” he smiled.

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Check below for bib numbers of the runners you wish to follow during Monday’s race. The elite runners go off at 10:00 AM and Wave 1 follows shortly. The link for the BAA website to track a runner is:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

 

BIB

W/C

NAME

AGE

M/F

CITY

STATE

14864

2/6

Abram, Amber N

26

F

Kansas City

MO

4280

1/5

Agee, Brett M

25

M

Kansas City

MO

6492

1/7

Andreasen, Scott W.

38

M

Lenexa

KS

1525

1/2

Andrews, Justin R

28

M

Kansas City

MO

15123

2/7

Bae, Soo

34

F

Shawnee

KS

4726

1/5

Baker, Jeffrey

31

M

Independence

MO

14215

2/6

Baldwin, Candice

30

F

Overland Park

KS

5140

1/6

Barney, Tim

46

M

Excelsior Springs

MO

11014

2/3

Becker, Kurt

54

M

Overland Park

KS

17888

2/9

Beezley, Linda

48

F

Lenexa

KS

18862

3/1

Bertoncin, Kristen

49

F

Kansas City

MO

15367

2/7

Bradshaw, Tina N

20

F

Liberty

MO

24342

3/9

Braithwait, Austin J.

42

M

Leawood

KS

12296

2/4

Brancato, Melissa

30

F

Overland Park

KS

17573

2/9

Brodine, William

62

M

Overland Park

KS

20642

3/3

Brown, William D

67

M

Overland Park

KS

3506

1/4

Bryant, David L.

39

M

Kansas City

MO

20526

3/3

Campbell, Joyce

55

F

Overland Park

KS

11514

2/3

Chisesi, Amber

34

F

Lees Summit

MO

16765

2/8

Christie, Kyla L.

38

F

Leawood

KS

7743

1/8

Clum, Gregory D.

44

M

Lenexa

KS

8081

1/9

Clune, Peter F III

41

M

Leawood

KS

17059

2/9

Coates, Heidi N

43

F

Gardner

KS

12646

2/4

Cochrane, Jodie L

28

F

Lawrence

KS

4681

1/5

Comment, Kristen

38

F

Kansas City

MO

25705

3/9

Conner, Scott D.

55

M

Leawood

KS

10323

2/2

Coomer, Katie

24

F

Overland Park

KS

13814

2/5

Davidson, Sandy

26

F

Holden

MO

12838

2/4

Davis, Herschel

57

M

Lenexa

KS

9213

2/1

Degen, Ashley

30

F

Overland Park

KS

15526

2/7

Dibble, Kate S

33

F

Overland Park

KS

11932

2/3

Dippold, Kelly A.

50

F

Overland Park

KS

1703

1/2

Dixon, Lee

28

M

Kansas City

MO

19524

3/2

Doerr, Susan

45

F

Overland Park

KS

6470

1/7

Dries, Andy J.

35

M

Lenexa

KS

4205

1/5

Eligon, John W.

30

M

Kansas City

MO

3772

1/4

Farmer, Michael S

27

M

Kansas City

MO

3384

1/4

Fitzgerald, Don E.

59

M

Lenexa

KS

3212

1/4

Fox, Joseph

29

M

Kansas City

MO

17700

2/9

Francis, Tiffany

50

F

Lawrence

KS

1762

1/2

Fritson, Tim D

27

M

Liberty

MO

4409

1/5

Fry, Eric M

34

M

Lees Summit

MO

11942

2/3

Frydman, John

54

M

Lawrence

KS

20761

3/3

Griffin, Michele R

55

F

Olathe

KS

16151

2/8

Gudenkauf, Kimberly K.

42

F

Olathe

KS

2790

1/3

Haberstroh, Robin E

32

M

Olathe

KS

8972

1/9

Hall, Greg

58

M

Kansas City

MO

13554

2/5

Hall, Jeff W

50

M

Liberty

MO

4623

1/5

Harlow, Terry

38

M

Lenexa

KS

17125

2/9

Harris, Sarah B.

39

F

Baldwin City

KS

14445

2/6

Hatfield, Alison M

26

F

Grain Valley

MO

22188

3/5

Hechler, Mark L.

49

M

Warrensburg

MO

1204

1/2

Heikes, Joe S

46

M

Olathe

KS

7734

1/8

Heilers, Greg

44

M

Kansas City

MO

18629

3/1

Hendrickson, Rebecca

48

F

Lees Summit

MO

5492

1/6

Hickey, Jerry P.

43

M

Parkville

MO

11081

2/3

Hofmann, Anthony J

47

M

Overland Park

KS

11869

2/3

Holdhusen, Kristin N

36

F

Overland Park

KS

2238

1/3

Howard, Tom F II

36

M

Shawnee

KS

5001

1/6

Huerter, Matthew J.

38

M

Olathe

KS

1440

1/2

Huseman, Levi

25

M

Tonganoxie

KS

18076

3/1

Hyde, Karen

51

F

Lawrence

KS

2814

1/3

Inglehart, John

33

M

Olathe

KS

9166

2/1

Jarvis, Whitney K.

32

F

Olathe

KS

5590

1/6

Jenkins, Ronald J.

40

M

Lawrence

KS

3954

1/4

Jones, Benjamin T.

28

M

Lawrence

KS

4167

1/5

Jordan, Jeramey S.

25

M

Kansas City

MO

3473

1/4

Kanary, James R

36

M

Overland Park

KS

14451

2/6

Kandt, Rebecca

44

F

Leawood

KS

1621

1/2

Kelly, Bryan S

29

M

Warrensburg

MO

3299

1/4

Kohler, John P.

32

M

Olathe

KS

19088

3/2

Koon, Traci

48

F

Kearney

MO

360

1/1

Kruger, Matthew

24

M

Kansas City

MO

13507

2/5

Laws, Lynnette K

33

F

Overland Park

KS

10491

2/2

Leahy, Kathryn

29

F

Kansas City

MO

11781

2/3

Ledford, Don K.

50

M

Excelsior Springs

MO

5318

1/6

Lee, Anthony

40

M

Leavenworth

KS

17890

2/9

Legato, Theresa

41

F

Overland Park

KS

23125

3/6

Long, Christopher D.

37

M

Mission Hills

KS

1461

1/2

Loya, Caleb M.

24

M

Kansas City

MO

12347

2/4

Lynn, Caroline

35

F

Leawood

KS

7353

1/8

Maher, Jeffrey G.

46

M

Overland Park

KS

8292

1/9

Mason, Elizabeth A.

34

F

Lenexa

KS

6379

1/7

McAvoy, Matt

53

M

Overland Park

KS

7000

1/8

Mccreight, Scott A

48

M

Leawood

KS

15690

2/7

Meck-Gilbert, Tarah

29

F

Parkville

MO

5029

1/6

Melchior, Jacqueline

43

F

Olathe

KS

19662

3/2

Mellen, David G

61

M

Stilwell

KS

7820

1/8

Merryman, Scott

42

M

Overland Park

KS

1859

1/2

Milberger, Jeff

28

M

Shawnee

KS

5227

1/6

Millard, Ray

37

M

Lenexa

KS

5862

1/6

Miller, John S

45

M

Leawood

KS

17887

2/9

Miller, Pam

46

F

Leawood

KS

11004

2/3

Moore, Christen C

43

F

Olathe

KS

15417

2/7

Mueller, Frances L.

38

F

Leavenworth

KS

6643

1/7

Mundhenke, Gary L

51

M

Kansas City

MO

15524

2/7

Myers, Bethany B.

39

F

Leawood

KS

6424

1/7

Niblo, Mark A.

54

M

Blue Springs

MO

7228

1/8

Nichols, Kirk W

43

M

Platte City

MO

13176

2/5

Peters, Todd L.

50

M

Lees Summit

MO

24405

3/9

Powell, Ryan H.

39

M

Kansas City

MO

20263

3/3

Power, Diane

52

F

Kansas City

MO

5970

1/6

Presson, Don M.

41

M

Kansas City

MO

19546

3/2

Prevou, Sheila K.

49

F

Leavenworth

KS

16391

2/8

Scalfaro, Stacy G

39

F

Lee’S Summit

MO

25310

3/9

Schmittling, Kerry B.

31

F

Kansas City

MO

15870

2/7

Schroer, Anne

37

F

Olathe

KS

15531

2/7

Schultz, Greg

55

M

Kansas City

MO

13576

2/5

Schuman, Greg

54

M

Belton

MO

9093

2/1

Scruggs, Sam

50

M

Kansas City

MO

3654

1/4

Slack, Michael A

29

M

Lawrence

KS

19489

3/2

Smith, Bill Jr.

65

M

Liberty

MO

20956

3/3

Smith, Chau

63

F

Oak Grove

MO

15470

2/7

Sperry, Stacey

35

F

Olathe

KS

17973

2/9

Stauffer, Diana

41

F

Lees Summit

MO

15338

2/7

Trujillo,MeLissa

36

F

Shawnee

KS

533

1/1

Troncoso, Alejandro

25

M

Blue Springs

MO

6653

1/7

Vanopdorp, Justin

40

M

Olathe

KS

8206

1/9

Wackerla, Patrick J

46

M

Olathe

KS

10594

2/2

Webb, Gene

45

M

Blue Springs

MO

2897

1/3

White, Chistopher

36

M

Kansas City

MO

4986

1/5

Willson, Scott G.

48

M

Olathe

KS

9293

2/1

Wolkey, Kristin M.

26

F

Gladstone

MO

15329

2/7

Wyss, Krista M

29

F

Kansas City

MO

Llana, Carmen St. Joseph

MO

Miller, Kenny

M

Maryville

MO

 

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29 Responses to Boston Bound Kansas City Style! / Area Runners Take On The Boston Marathon

  1. Bmanpoo says:

    btw….The story about the guy qualifying at 3:15:xx…It didn’t have anything to do with his delayed start. Boston lops off the seconds for qualifying times, so 3:15:anything is rounded down to 3:15.

  2. Splitlog Quindaro says:

    God Bless all of you. I am sure if you were all going to be part of history, you would rather it be in a different way. I hope you all recover and gain peace of mind from this impactful event.

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