Lower Merion, Narberth, Haverford Township and Radnor Township are well represented.

 

Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA -  Fifteen athletes from Lower Merion and Narberth will be competing in The Boston Marathon on Monday.  Another 13 hurdlers from Radnor and Haverford Townships will participate.

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is one of six World Marathon Majors. Back then the first course was a measured distance of 24.5 miles.

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Lower Merion and Narberth Runners

  • Jamie Slack, 39, Wynnewood
  • Steven Sobol, 47, Wynnewood
  • Sara Girotto, 43, Wynnewood
  • Rebecca Mclaughlin, 45, Wynnewood
  • Tim Mclaughlin, 44, Wynnewood
  • Wendi Platt, 56, Wynnewood
  • Amy Mack, 46, Wynnewood
  • Michael Ryan Deasey, 30, Wynnewood
  • Brian Glass, 43, Narberth
  • Gene Dykes, 71, Bala Cynwyd
  • John Townsend, 44, Bala Cynwyd
  • Margaret Muhly, 43, Bala Cynwyd
  • Abigail Cember, 27, Ardmore
  • Meghan Banigan, 30, Ardmore
  • Jean-Philippe Armaing, 43, Penn Valley

Participants were few as only 15 runners bolted in the first running of the Boston Marathon.  Only 10 participants, women were not allowed to run, completed the grueling trek back on April 19, 1897.

The first winner was John J. McDermott a New York man who accomplished the feat in 2 hours 55 minutes and ten seconds, besting the second place finisher by a comfortable six-inute, fifty-two-seconds.

Haverford and Radnor Township runners

  • Michael Armstrong, 55, Havertown
  • Thuy Taitt, 44, Havertown
  • Lori Fogel, 51, Havertown
  • Scott Case, 58, Havertown
  • Mattie Diveglia, 41, Havertown
  • Mitch Lawn, 61, Havertown
  • Ryan Archer, 28, Haverford
  • Eva Frissora, 34, Haverford
  • Attila Kovacs, 50, Radnor
  • Deborah Forte, 51, Radnor
  • Michael Cunningham, 49, Wayne
  • Jennifer Zebro, 45, Wayne
  • Susan Dallas, 57, Wayne

The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 following Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles 385 yards.

Built upon the mission  “to help people be as fit and healthy as they want to be,” the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events.

An estimated 30,000 athletes are expected to take on the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston in the 2019 race

NBC Sports Network will be streaming the event live, and it will also be aired on television beginning at 8:30 am.  You can follow the runners during the race, by download the Boston Marathon Mobile App on Google Play or through the Apple App store.

Yuki Kawauchi won the men's foot race in 2:15:58 and Desiree Linden won the women's foot race in 2:39:54

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