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Burke, Springfield Residents Run Boston Marathon

Nine area residents are set to run the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Three Burke and six Springfield residents have qualified and registered to compete in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The Burke residents are:

  • Francis Esposito (M) - 58
  • Erin Klein (F) - 24
  • David Lett (M) - 42

The Springfield residents are:

  • Anne-Marie Adams (F) - 35         
  • Bill Bernier (M) - 36      
  • Torsten Biernat (M) - 29     
  • Ken Goldwasser (M) - 48          
  • William Moran (M) - 62      
  • Tim Soltren (M) - 35        

With temperatures expected to be in the high 80s during the race, the Boston Marathon has issued a warm weather advisory for the runners.   "If the temperatures reach certain levels, running will put even the most fit athletes at risk for heat injury," said the advisory.

Qualifying times are more stringent for the Boston Marathon this year, with the youngest eligible runners (those ages 18 to 24) needing to complete a qualifying marathon in 3 hours, 5 minutes for men and 3 hours, 35 minutes for women. This is 5 minutes faster than 2011 qualifying times for both genders.

Different qualifying times are set for various age groups and for people in wheelchairs or with other physical challenges.

The mobility impaired divisions start at 9 a.m. Monday, elite female runners start at 9:32 a.m., and most other runners will begin at 10 a.m. or later.

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