Valley runners take on 2015 Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

BOSTON, Mass. (WYTV) — Runners from the Mahoning Valley are among the 30,000 participants in the 2015 Boston Marathon, which began Monday morning.

Simply qualifying for the 26.2-mile race is an accomplishment for distance runners, as the Boston Marathon is the only large marathon in the United States that maintains qualifying times and requirements.

Here are the Youngstown-area runners who made the cut for the 119th Boston Marathon:

  • Carmen J. Aiello, 43, Sharpsville (2:54:11 official time)
  • Jonathan Bolha, 33, Austintown (2:59:16)
  • Shawn P. Jackson, 40, Youngstown (2:48:15)
  • Jennifer Kopanic, 24, Boardman (4:16:23)
  • Sandy Manley, 45, Boardman (3:50:26)
  • Tammy McFarland, 38, Austintown (3:51:30)
  • Erik Reed, 26, East Liverpool (2:50:07)
  • Christine Russo, 49, Youngstown (3:50:26)
  • Doug Votaw, 27, Leetonia (3:00:52)

McFarland qualified for the second year in a row. She said it is something a runner strives for.

Her experience last year made her want to go back.

“There is just so much energy and there is so many people that are here for the race, it is just amazing,” McFarland said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon.

Her time for Monday’s marathon was 3 hours and 51 minutes. The winning women’s time was 2 hours and 24 minutes.

One million spectators were expected to pack the streets of Boston for the race, which is operating under enhanced security. More than 3,000 officers are among the crowd for the marathon, two years after terrorist bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260 at the race’s finish line.

 

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